Charles River Accelerated Bridge Program

Longfellow Bridge

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is overseeing the reconstruction of the bridges in the Charles River Basin between Boston and Cambridge over the next 8 years. You can view a MassDOT briefing they have prepared, and a map of the bridges.

The Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP) is the Commonwealth’s eight-year, $3 billion program to repair bridges across the Commonwealth that are currently structurally deficient or would otherwise become structurally deficient during the next eight years. As part of the recent transportation reform legislation, ownership of the bridges in the Charles River Basin has been transferred from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to the newly created MassDOT. MassDOT is now responsible for the design and construction of bridges in the Charles River Basin that are included in the ABP program.

Bridge

Status

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Craigie Bridge (Museum of Science)

Complete (new pavement markings to include bicycle facilities yet to be painted).

MassDOT web page

Boston University Bridge

Complete (some final landscaping needed as well as thermoplastic lane markings).

MassDOT web page
DCR presentation June 30, 2010

Magazine Beach Footbridge

Complete Summer 2012.

MassDOT web page

Anderson Memorial Bridge

Construction is on going through Fall 2014.

MassDOT web page

Longfellow Bridge Phase I (early action)

Phase 1 complete.

MassDOT web page

MassDOT Presentation November 5, 2009

Longfellow Bridge Phase II

Under design. Construction expected January 2013 through the end of 2016.

MassDOT web page

MassDOT Presentation March 2012

River Street and Western Avenue Bridges

Under design. Construction expected Summer 2014 through Fall 2016.

MassDOT web page

Sequencing Study

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Massachusetts Highway Department commissioned Beta Group, Inc. to evaluate the transportation impacts of concurrent construction schedules on bridges over and near the Charles River. In 2008, Phase I of the sequencing study was completed and of empirically determining which bridges required work, their readiness, the corridors of travel, and traffic analysis for 42 intersections to determine the impact of concurrent projects. It provides a baseline from which to compare future changes to the assumptions and sequencing. Phase II is expected to be released in Fall 2010, and will indicate the recommended sequencing of the construction of the remaining bridges in the area (Longfellow, River, Western, and Anderson.)

Bicycle/Pedestrian Path Access

As part of the Accelerated Bridge Program, MassDOT has hired a consulting team to conduct a Bicycle/Pedestrian Path Access Study to address connections from neighborhoods, institutions, and business districts to and from the path network along the Charles River Basin. The consulting team will make recommendations on bicycle and pedestrian designs for each of the bridges and intersections on each side of the bridges, as well as improvements to the path network itself.

Click here for MassDOT's report documenting pedestrian and bicycle counts along the river.

Click here for a presentation MassDOT delivered at a series of public meetings held in October 2011 about improving access to the path network.

For More Information

To be added to MassDOT’s public information distribution list, individuals can contact: Stephanie Boundy, Public Outreach Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Accelerated Bridge Program, 617/973-8049, Stephanie.Boundy@state.ma.us.

Within the city, those seeking additional information should contact Jeff Rosenblum in the Cambridge Community Development Department, jrosenblum@cambridgema.gov, 617/349-4615 (TTY 617/349-4621).