Watertown Bridge

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.

Watertown Bridge
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The Watertown Bridge from the north bank of the Charles River looking west
Coordinates42°21′53″N 71°11′08″W / 42.364740°N 71.185617°W / 42.364740; -71.185617Coordinates: 42°21′53″N 71°11′08″W / 42.364740°N 71.185617°W / 42.364740; -71.185617
Carries5 lanes of Route 16
& Galen St.
2 Pedestrian Walkways
CrossesCharles River
LocaleWatertown, Massachusetts


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.

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  1. ^ Stearns Van Wagenen, Avis (1901). Stearns Genealogy and Memoirs, Volume 1. Courier Press Company. p. 17. Retrieved 5 January 2016.