John W. Weeks Bridge

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John W. Weeks Bridge
The Weeks Bridge in March 2006
The Weeks Bridge in March 2006
Carries pedestrians
Crosses Charles River
Locale Boston, Massachusetts to Cambridge, Massachusetts
Designer Andrew Canzanelli[1]
Design arch bridge[2]
Material concrete
Opened 1927
Coordinates 42°22′07″N 71°07′05″W / 42.36853°N 71.11807°W / 42.36853; -71.11807Coordinates: 42°22′07″N 71°07′05″W / 42.36853°N 71.11807°W / 42.36853; -71.11807
John W. Weeks Bridge is located in Massachusetts
John W. Weeks Bridge

The John W. Weeks Bridge, usually called the Weeks Footbridge (or simply Weeks Bridge), is a pedestrian bridge over the Charles River connecting Cambridge, Massachusetts with the Allston section of Boston. John W. Weeks was a longtime U.S. Representative, and later Senator, from Massachusetts, as well as Secretary of War in the Harding and Coolidge administrations.

Weeks Bridge was opened in 1927 to carry pedestrian traffic between the Harvard Business School's newly built Allston campus and the Business School's former home, Harvard's traditional campus in Cambridge. Its concrete underbelly conceals tentacles of the University's steam, electrical, and communications networks.[3]

The bridge is a popular vantage point from which to enjoy the Head of the Charles Regatta. An abrupt bend in the river prompts most boats to crowd through the bridge's center span, and collisions have occurred when coxswains cannot make themselves heard above the cheering of the crowd.[4]

In recent years it has become a tradition among Harvard students (mostly freshmen) to jump from the center of the bridge into the Charles river. While entertaining, this tradition subjects the jumper to significant risks. Several students have suffered infections, illness or injuries from attempting this feat.[citation needed]

A panorama view of the footbridge. The Eliot House cupola can be seen in the background.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crimaldi, Laura (2007-08-05). "BU eyesore considered safe". Boston, Massachusetts: Boston Herald. Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  2. ^ John W. Weeks Bridge at Structurae
  3. ^ "A Concrete Symbol: The Building of Harvard Business School, 1908–1927." Baker Library Historical Collections, Knowledge and Library Services.
  4. ^ Powers, John (2008-10-15). "Weeks Footbridge archenemy of Head of Charles rowers". boston.com. The Boston Globe. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-07-04.