The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors have approved a $177 million contract to replace the North Washington Street Bridge between the North End and Charlestown.
Work-related activities including utility work are expected to begin this Spring and construction operations in the Fall. The bridge, including widened sidewalks, separated bike lanes, bus rapid transit lanes, and landscaping between pedestrians/bicyclists and vehicular traffic, is predicted to be complete by Fall 2023.
MassDOT will hold two public meetings regarding this project. The North End meeting will be Thursday, April 19 at 6:30pm at the Nazzaro Center.
Miguel Rosales, President of Rosales+ Partners has designed this new Charlestown bridge in collaboration with Benesch local engineers. The bridge, designed to complement the nearby Zakim Bridge, will include Y-shaped piers and an attractive curved trellis that visually relates to the iconic bridge. The main span over the navigation channel will create 200ft wide opening views to the waterfront and the harbor.
Photo renderings provided by Miguel Rosales.
MassDOT expects that, in general during construction, motorists will have access to two travel lanes inbound towards Boston, and one outbound lane towards Charlestown. Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained. This excludes a one month period in 2019 when crews will demolish the main truss span, so only one lane in each direction will be available.
This project is being carried out to improve the functionality of the bridge and ensure reliable travel throughout this area. As explained by Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver:
“This bridge is an important link into the heart of Boston and we have been grateful to City of Boston officials, local leaders and key stakeholders as we have worked on the design for the new bridge. With this project, we will fully replace this City of Boston-owned bridge, improving the motor vehicle lanes but just as importantly, improving the bridge to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit users.”
See more NorthEndWaterfront.com coverage of the North Washington Street / Charlestown Bridge here.