MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey today joined Congressman Mike Capuano and Highway Administrator Frank DePaola along with federal, state and city officials to celebrate the kick off for the Longfellow Bridge Project.
The $255.5 million project funded from the Patrick Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program will preserve the iconic bridge that connects Boston and Cambridge over the Charles River. The project includes rehabilitation of the structural steel elements and the preservation or restoration of the bridge’s architectural features, including the granite towers that prompted the nickname, the “Salt and Pepper Bridge.”
Throughout construction, the bridge will be configured with two bicycle lanes, one sidewalk, and one vehicular travel lane in the Boston-bound direction. Red Line service will be maintained throughout with the exception of up to 25 weekends over the three and a half year project.
After construction the bridge will be configured with two travel lanes in the Boston-bound direction, and one heading to Cambridge. The bridge will also have two sidewalks and two bicycle lanes in addition to Red Line service.
The project’s contractor is joint venture JF White-Skanska-Consigli. Preliminary work began in April 2013. Construction is expected to be complete in September 2016.