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The Zakim

Monday, April 19th, 2010

There’s been a lot of random stuff I’ve revisited since I’ve been back to Boston.  Most of them have been eateries.  But driving to different scenes, I am often reminded of the other stories I’ve covered in the same area.  It’s an odd sensation to see a building and remember there was a triple homicide or drive down a street and recall there was a fatal fire.

But it’s not all gloom and doom.  We were recently in Fitchburg and I remembered there was a cable-stayed bridge there that always reminded me of the Zakim Bridge in Boston.  Both are twin-towered cable-stayed bridges but that’s really where the similarities end.  The 5th Street Arthur DiTommaso Bridge in Fitchburg crosses the Nashua River, is 2 lanes, runs 657 feet, has 52 cables, and is connected to towers that are about 275 feet high.  The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge crosses over the Charles River and is the world’s widest cable-stayed bridge accommodating 10 lanes.  It runs nearly 1,500 feet, has 116 cables and is connected by asymmetrical towers that are 295 and 322 feet high.

I find both to be so pretty and I was so excited to see and capture video of both of them in the same day.