Adam Castiglioni has been watching crews disassemble the old Charlestown Bridge, also known as the North Washington Street Bridge, between the North End and Charlestown. Today, he reports:
The last part of the Charlestown Bridge center swing trellis is gone and awaits dismantling on a barge.
The bridge, which connected the USS Constitution to the Freedom Trail, had long been a main thoroughfare for both pedestrians and motor vehicles, with the center section able to swing to let boats through. It used to have a second deck, which connected what is now the Orange Line from North Station to points north via Charlestown:
The train tracks in 1901 - the year after the bridge opened (Boston City Archives):
A six-car train crossing the bridge (Boston City Archive):
A Boston Elevated train crossing the bridge in 1945 (Boston City Archives):
The 1945 picture was taken three days after a wartime Liberty ship crashed into the bridge due to a junior crewman misunderstanding directions from the bridge crew, taking out a chunk of the lower level (Boston City Archives):