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Drawbridge Over Annisquam River


Drawbridge Over Annisquam River

Gloucester, MA


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About this Project

The Annisquam River drawbridge in Gloucester was built by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in 1911, rebuilt in 1932 and then repaired after a fire in 1984. In 2010, the drawbridge was determined to be a high priority for replacement by the MBTA, and after funding was secured, FST got to work on a design.

In a June 30, 2012 article, the Gloucester Times wrote: "In a public forum...state transportation officials met with Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr and the public to present bridge designs by Boston-based Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, which are about 60 percent complete. Tarr had requested the public meeting in order to share plans for the sorely needed replacement bridge with the public. 'I'm impressed by the design. I think it will be reliable and long-lasting,' said Tarr."

As of April 2015, the project was at the 90% design phase with submission of 100% design anticipated in July 2015. The project is expected to be advertised in October 2015, subject to the US Coast Guard (USCG) issuing the required bridge permit. The anticipated construction duration is 4 years.


More Information

Owner: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Location: Gloucester, MA

Highlights: Resiliency measures for the project included:

Structural design inspired by rising sea level

Backup generator

Redundant submarine power & fiber optic cables