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MassDOT launches Charles River Basin Bridges Web Page

Type:  Featured News  

MassDOT has launched a comprehensive Charles River Basin Bridges web page, a one-stop place to find the latest information on the historic Accelerated Bridge Program projects to rehabilitate bridges along the Charles River.


The Charles River Basin Bridges page: www.mass.gov/massdot/charlesriverbridges


The projects are funded by more than $400 million from the Patrick-Murray Administration's landmark Accelerated Bridge Program to repair and replace structurally-deficient bridges across the Commonwealth.

Bridge Rehabilitation Projects currently under construction or in design include the Craigie Dam Bridge and Craigie Drawbridge, the Longfellow Bridge, the Boston University Bridge, Western Avenue Bridge, River Street Bridge and the Anderson Memorial Bridge, and Magazine Street Pedestrian Bridge.

The Charles River Basin Bridges web page includes links to separate web pages on each project along with maps, traffic, public meetings, and other information that are updated frequently.

The historic Charles River Basin bridges provide critical connections in and out of Boston for businesses, universities, hospitals, bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. They are important evacuation routes and serve countless recreational users along the Charles River. During the multi-year project MassDOT will work with surrounding cities, state agencies, and private projects as the timelines for projects in the Charles River Basin are sequenced using a basin-wide travel demand model to develop options that minimize traffic and preserve safe operations for all modes of transportation. Bicycle and pedestrian improvements and enhancements to bridge approaches including a safe way on and off of each bridge that connects to existing sidewalks and bike lanes are being planned for all projects.

MassDOT developed an extensive community involvement process for all basin projects. During the environmental review and design phase, the agency will schedule periodic public meetings with stakeholders in Boston and Cambridge, including residential, commercial and institutional abutters, recreational users of the river and parkland such as boaters and rowers, to provide updates and gather input.  Project updates and advisories are planned for the construction phase.  MALSCE Executive Director Abbie Goodman has been serving as Chair of the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Task Force.  More on this group:   http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/charlesriverbridges/LongfellowBridgeDocuments.html





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