Merrimack River

The John E. Cox Memorial Bridge, historically the Central Bridge and informally called the Bridge Street Bridge, is a “rare example of a small-scale through truss cantilever” design. It has three main spans and is 474 feet long. This bridge connects the core of Downtown to the Centralville neighborhood and like its steel cousin, the Ouellette Bridge, is a highly visible major artery. Every night, its more than 220 LED fixtures light up with a seasonal show, along with occasional holiday displays. For more about the bridge’s history, click here.

Upriver from the Cox Bridge, the Ouellette Bridge is nearby LeLacheur Park, where the minor league Lowell Spinners, a Red Sox affiliate, play their games. The Ouellette Bridge connects westerly portions of Centralville to what was once known as Little Canada, UMass Lowell’s East Campus, and the downtown. The 780-foot bridge has five spans in a pin-connected style.

Merrimack River Bridge Locations

Writing about the Ouellette Bridge, historicbridges.org states: “This bridge is among the most beautiful bridges in the country…It is the longest lenticular truss bridge in the country and also is in first place for most number of lenticular spans, which is five.”

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