Panoramic view of the Northern Avenue Bridge, that spans Fort Point Channel Boston, Massachusetts

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The Northern Avenue Bridge, also known as the Old Northern Avenue Bridge is a bridge that spans Fort Point Channel Boston, Massachusetts. Built in 1908, it was closed to vehicle traffic in 1999 and operated as a pedestrian bridge until December 2014 when it was closed after inspectors found that thirteen floor beams were unsafe for pedestrians. In a October 26th, 2015 letter, the Coast Guard informed the City of Boston that the bridge was a 'hazard to navigation' due to the risk of it falling into the Fort Point Channel and requested removal of most vulnerable portion. The center span of the truss also carried a single track for the Union Freight Railroad, although it was designed for two tracks. From 1912 to 1948, the bridge abutted a floating firehouse for Engine 44 of the Boston Fire Department. Following its closure as a road bridge, various redevelopment schemes have been proposed for the bridge, as well as outright demolition of the span. The Northern Avenue Bridge, also known as the Old Northern Avenue Bridge is a bridge that spans Fort Point Channel Boston, Massachusetts. Built in 1908, it was closed to vehicle traffic in 1999 and operated as a pedestrian bridge until December 2014 when it was closed after inspectors found that thirteen floor beams were unsafe for pedestrians. In a October 26th, 2015 letter, the Coast Guard informed the City of Boston that the bridge was a 'hazard to navigation' due to the risk of it falling into the Fort Point Channel and requested removal of most vulnerable portion. The center span of the truss also carried a single track for the Union Freight Railroad, although it was designed for two tracks.From 1912 to 1948, the bridge abutted a floating firehouse for Engine 44 of the Boston Fire Department.Following its closure as a road bridge, various redevelopment schemes have been proposed for the bridge, as well as outright demolition of the span. This bridge is one of two extremely unusual swing bridges in Boston.
Location: Boston: Suffolk County, Massachusetts: United States