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Longfellow Bridge Final Salt Pepper Tower Capped, August 15, 2016MassDOT announced today that the final capstone for the iconic “salt and pepper” towers of the historic Longfellow Bridge was placed on the downstream Boston tower on Monday, August 15, 2016. The downstream Cambridge tower was capped on Thursday, August 4.

With the final tower capstone in place, the remaining work includes installing new and restored exterior windows, doors, and light fixtures, as well as interior railings, stairs, and lighting. This final work on the towers will be completed in late 2017.

Completed restoration of the 58-foot towers marks a major milestone for MassDOT’s bridge rehabilitation project. 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 preserving 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. They were replaced in winter 2015. 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 restoration includes measures to strengthen each tower to meet current seismic requirements.

“Replacement of the final two salt and pepper towers is another great milestone towards completing the Longfellow Bridge reconstruction project in 2018,” said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “These two towers join the remaining two to create one of the city’s most beautiful and majestic landmarks.”

For more information, visit the Longfellow Bridge Project website.

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