Watertown Bridge

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Watertown Bridge
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The Watertown Bridge from the north bank of the Charles River looking west
Coordinates 42°21′53″N71°11′08″W / 42.364740°N 71.185617°W / 42.364740; -71.185617 Coordinates: 42°21′53″N71°11′08″W / 42.364740°N 71.185617°W / 42.364740; -71.185617
Carries5 lanes of MA Route 16.svg Route 16
& Galen St.
2 Pedestrian Walkways
Crosses Charles River
Locale Watertown, Massachusetts
USA Massachusetts location map.svg
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Location in Massachusetts

The Watertown Bridge is a five-lane traffic bridge over the Charles River, carrying Rt. 16 and Galen Street. It connects Watertown Square on the north side and Watertown Yard on the south side of Watertown, Massachusetts. Pedestrian walkways line each side.

Charles River river in Massachusetts, United States

The Charles River is an 80-mile-long (129 km) long river in eastern Massachusetts. From its source in Hopkinton the river flows in a northeasterly direction, traveling through 23 cities and towns before reaching the Atlantic Ocean at Boston. The Native-American name for the Charles River was Quinobequin, meaning "meandering".

Watertown, Massachusetts City in Massachusetts, United States

Watertown is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and is part of the Greater Boston area. The population was 31,915 in the 2010 census. Its neighborhoods include Bemis, Coolidge Square, East Watertown, Watertown Square, and the West End. It is one of thirteen Massachusetts municipalities that retain the title of “town” while functioning under state law as cities.

Massachusetts State of the United States of America

Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island to the south, New Hampshire and Vermont to the north, and New York to the west. The state is named after the Massachusett tribe, which once inhabited the east side of the area, and is one of the original thirteen states. The capital of Massachusetts is Boston, which is also the most populous city in New England. Over 80% of Massachusetts's population lives in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, a region influential upon American history, academia, and industry. Originally dependent on agriculture, fishing and trade, Massachusetts was transformed into a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution. During the 20th century, Massachusetts's economy shifted from manufacturing to services. Modern Massachusetts is a global leader in biotechnology, engineering, higher education, finance, and maritime trade.



Beginning as a ford, this river crossing has been spanned by bridges since 1641.[ citation needed ] The current span dates from 1907. Previous bridges date from 1647, [1] 1667, and 1719.

The 1994 film The River Wild opens with Meryl Streep rowing downstream under the Watertown Bridge.

<i>The River Wild</i> 1994 film by Curtis Hanson

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Meryl Streep American actress

Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep is an American actress. Often described as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her versatility and accent adaptation. Nominated for a record 21 Academy Awards, she has won three. Streep has received 31 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight. She has also won three Primetime Emmy Awards and has been nominated for fifteen British Academy Film Awards, and seventeen Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning two each.

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