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Restored Upstream Salt and Pepper Towers

MassDOT announced that the restoration of the iconic “salt and pepper” towers of the historic Longfellow Bridge will be complete in late July. The downstream towers have been replaced on the bridge, and barges are transporting the last stones for installation on them. The capstones will be installed, and all work on their installation is anticipated to be completed within weeks.

The completed restoration of the 58-foot towers marks a major milestone for the MassDOT bridge project to rehabilitate the structure. The project will improve accommodations for all modes of travel and provide a bridge that meets modern standards and the public’s needs for years to come, while respecting its historical significance.

The process to remove, restore and replace the towers began in March 2014 with the removal and dismantling of the upstream towers. The downstream towers were removed in July 2015.

During the restoration, MassDOT’s design/build contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC), carefully logged the location and condition of each tower’s 515 granite stones and removed them for cleaning and restoration. The contractor is now replacing the final stones for the two downstream towers and anticipates the work will be complete at the end of July. The restoration includes measures to strengthen each tower to meet current seismic requirements.

“I am thrilled to see the progress made in restoring these beautiful towers,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin. “I look forward to the day when the work on the towers is complete and once again we will see them in the distance as we look out over the skyline of the Charles River.  I would like to thank all of the MassDOT staff and contractor employees for their dedication to preserving the historic aspects of this bridge which is one of the area’s most well-known landmarks.”

For more information, visit the Longfellow Bridge Project website.

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