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Pedestrian Bridge Esplanada Rendering 2015MassDOT reached another project milestone when it began construction of the new pedestrian bridge that will connect the Esplanade with Charles Circle and offer sweeping views of the rehabilitated Longfellow Bridge and the Esplanade.

On Friday, November 13, MassDOT started preliminary bridge foundation work. New bridge construction will continue on the Esplanade side of Storrow Drive to the west of the existing bridge.

MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will work on foundation piles during daytime hours from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM beginning Wednesday, November 18.

Periodic lane closures on Storrow Drive will begin Wednesday, November 18 to protect public safety. Closures for materials delivery and to move equipment will be scheduled for off-peak travel times to minimize traffic impacts. Vibration monitors will be placed near structures closest to the pile installation and noise will be monitored as necessary.

Once the foundation piles are complete on the Esplanade, WSC will then install them at Charles Circle. The contractor anticipates pile installation will take approximately 6 weeks. Construction of the bridge superstructure will follow. The old pedestrian bridge will remain in service until the new one is complete, which is scheduled for 2017.

The bridge design complements the character of the surrounding area and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

For more information on the project, visit the Longfellow Bridge Project Website.  View construction progress photos on MassDOT’s Longfellow Bridge Flickr Album. Questions? Please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892, or email: longfellowbridge@state.ma.us.

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