Governor Deval Patrick today announced the reconstruction of the historic Longfellow Bridge is moving forward, a signature project funded by Governor Patrick's eight-year, $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program to repair deficient and obsolete bridges across the Commonwealth.
The estimated $260 million investment in rebuilding the Longfellow Bridge begins this year with a $20 million early action contract to include preparatory work, with the full reconstruction expected to begin in fall 2011. The Longfellow project is the largest of several investments totaling more than $300 million in rebuilding the bridges along the Charles River Basin, including the BU Bridge, Craigie Drawbridge, and the Western Avenue, River Street, and Anderson Memorial Bridges.
"There may be no greater symbol of the neglect our roads and bridges suffered under previous administrations than the Longfellow Bridge," said Governor Patrick. "I am proud to say that today we are ready to reverse the disrepair and will be restoring this beautiful structure to its former glory."
The initial work beginning this month on the Longfellow Bridge includes accessibility upgrades to sidewalks, which will provide pedestrian access for the first time since the 1950's, along with steel arch cleaning and priming, masonry cleaning and repairs, pump station upgrades, and temporary utility relocation. This work also provides important information about the bridge that will assist in completing the final rehabilitation project, expected to begin in fall 2011.
MassDOT has convened a task force of stakeholders to develop a consensus around the final design of the roadway that will best accommodates all users, including pedestrian and bicycle access.
Other key projects to be completed in the Charles River Basin as part of the Accelerated Bridge Program now under construction include the Craigie Dam/Drawbridge and BU Bridge. The Western Avenue, River Street, and Anderson Memorial bridges are under design with project completions scheduled for 2014. MassDOT is working closely with surrounding communities to ensure preservation of the historic character of all Basin bridges. Learn more.