Though the bridge is one of several designed circa 1930 by R.A. Furrow, an associate of Conde McCullough, this particular bridge itself isn't that interesting. It was a minor example, one of the lesser bridges in Salem. (See here for more on Furrow and his set of bridges. Furrow was also handled the Commercial Street bridge that was just replaced by the Civic Center.)
The replacement is historically sensitive and they did match the patterning of the old, vintage style fairly well. (Though it seems like the shim and patch you can see below might have been handled more elegantly.)
|2016: New concrete (L) and old concrete (R)|
|From February 2012, a little after the flooding|
But it's not a copy.
There's a new-fangled swale for stormwater run-off in it as well. The structural elements on the underside probably show the greatest differences.
|A teensy swale|
|Type D railings, viewing area, and lanterns on|
Church Street Bridge (in 2012)
So it is very nice to see the effort on the Winter Street Bridge, but it will not compensate for the loss of the Church Street Bridge if that comes to pass.
|Demolition on Winter Street at Shelton Ditch|