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Aiken Street Bridge, Spanning Merrimack River on Aiken Street, Lowell, Middlesex County, MA



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Item Title


Location
Spanning Merrimack River on Aiken Street, Lowell, MA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MA-106
Building/structure dates: 1883 initial construction
Significance: The Aiken Street Bridge is the longest lenticular bridge surviving in the United States, and is the only remaining example having more than three spans. It is the second oldest of the eight lenticular bridges under Massachusetts Department of Public Works purview. The bridge's fabricator, the Corrugated Metal Company, became the Berlin Iron Bridge Company in 1883, and was one of the leading bridge-building companies in New England in the late-nineteenth century.

Subjects
Vehicular Bridges


Related Names
Corrugated Metal Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. General view from south river bank, looking northeast
2. Closeup view of south trusses, looking northeast
3. General view of south portal from roadway, looking northeast
4. Detail from south end of roadway, showing truss configuration
5. Detail of west truss from roadway, looking northeast
6. Detail of adjacent endposts, south truss on right, looking southeast
7. Detail of south truss, showing suspender bars, eye-bars, and pin
8. Detail of south truss, showing web bracing
9. Detail of south pier from river bank, looking northeast
10. Detail of floor system from river bank, looking northeast
11. Oblique view from south river bank looking north, showing trusses and piers


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