News from MassDot regarding the start of construction for the replacement of the North Washington Street Bridge connecting the North End/Downtown to Charlestown.
A formal Notice to Proceed (NTP) has been issued to MassDOT’s general contractor for the replacement of the North Washington Street Bridge Reconstruction Project as of August 2018. Internal coordination between the general contractor and MassDOT will continue during the remainder of August and into early September. MassDOT will undertake appropriate outreach with municipal, state and other stakeholders prior to any project work beginning which would impact the community.
Construction will be underway starting in late summer/early fall 2018, through at least 2022. We know that construction means inconvenience, and that it will impact everyone who travels over and lives near the bridge. MassDOT and its general contractor, J.F. White Contracting, are committed to keeping you informed, managing the impacts as best we can, and getting this project done quickly and safely.
The new bridge will have:
- restored vehicle lanes
- a dedicated bus lane (the first on a bridge in the Boston area)
- physically separated bike lanes
- wide sidewalks and an enhanced Freedom Trail
- seating and lighting
- hearty local landscaping (another first on a New England bridge)
After more than 100 years of service, we are replacing the North Washington Street Bridge with a new bridge for the 21st century, a complete street over water that works for everyone: people driving, riding the bus, biking, walking, sightseeing, boating, and living nearby. Whether you walk the Freedom Trail to dinner in the North End, take a bus from Chelsea or Charlestown, drive your kids to school, or kayak in the Harbor, the North Washington Street Bridge is a key part of daily life. But it has been struggling to fulfill those purposes: the center bay has been closed since 2003, and since fall 2017, ongoing emergency repairs by the City of Boston have further restricted lanes. It is due for a well-deserved retirement.