River Street Bridge (Charles River)
River Street Bridge
The River Street Bridge in October 2008
|Carries||east-bound traffic on River Street to Cambridge Street|
|Locale||Cambridge, Massachusetts to Allston, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Maintained by||Massachusetts Department of Transportation|
|No. of spans||3 arches, 330 feet|
The River Street Bridge is a bridge connecting River Street in Cambridge, MA to Cambridge Street in Allston, Boston, MA. It was built in 1925 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Metropolitan District Commission.
The bridge carries one-way traffic going east, into Cambridge. Westbound traffic must take the nearby Western Avenue Bridge.
The original bridge at the site, a wooden drawbridge, was built in 1810. The bridge was built in response to the 1793 construction of the West Boston Bridge (at the site of the current Longfellow Bridge), because the two bridges together greatly shortened the route from Boston to Cambridge, which previously had to take a highway around the Back Bay through Roxbury.
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