New design concepts for the Northern Avenue Bridge project featuring a “people first” plan were released on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

The design features two spans crossing the channel – one that would be for buses, shuttles, and emergency vehicles, and the other for pedestrians and cyclists. There would also be a public space underneath the spans for people to congregate and enjoy the space.

This is the basic plan, and then there are added design concepts of the bridge arch and underneath pavilion. See all documents from this latest presentation at

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  1. Since when does a bicyclist acknowledge the existence of a pedestrian (cue the bike Mafia)? Not sure they could coexist on the same pathway.

  2. Design is great. Construction process is leaving a lot to be desired. Lanes on the bridge shut down for parking. The right turn from Commercial north into the bridge is always a disaster. Police detail needed to move cars along. North Wnders go straight and then make the turn ( because we knot to, because we’ve suffered everyday in the line), but now police have ticketed for that. Great to have a dedicated buke lane in N Washington St but none of the accommodations help north end dwellers.

    • Jared, There are approximately 1.2 million people who live and work in Boston at any given time where as there are about 200k in Providence. Put your bicycle fetish aside for a second and think realistically.

      • As you note, Boston has a larger population, so we need to maximize efficiency. A lane for cars is literally the least efficient usage. Per hour, a 10 foot lane can carry:

        1,200 private cars
        7,500 bicycles
        9,000 pedestrians

        Despite your anecdotal experience, there are already 40,000 bike trips taken in Boston EVERY DAY. Imagine how much worse the already crippling congestion would be if those 40,000 trips were taken by private vehicle. That’s exactly what we’re encouraging when we build MORE infrastructure for vehicles.

        If we are serious about wanting to reduce congestion, we must invest in modes of transportation that are more efficient.

        On another note, I’m very passionate about our neighborhood. And this site is one of the primary places for discourse about things that affect us. It saddens me greatly when someone who HAS put thought and research into a topic is met with flippant snarky responses like yours, Corky and MichaelD and Phil below. We have a great platform for public discourse. Let’s treat it like one.

  3. I doubt that these people who oppose automobiles realize how much revenue the State & cities reap in taxes & fees insurance rates, excise tax garages ,tolls ,inspection & registration fees from people who own & operate a vehicle in this state. Not to mention the state & fed tax on gasoline which the state wants a 17 cent increase per gallon of gas.This particular bridge like the majority of roads in this state has been neglected for decades.

    • @MichealD. Harvard researchers literally just proved you wrong. Cars cost the state $64B annually, but drivers only pay LESS THAN 43% of that amount through gas taxes, excise taxes, tolls, etc. I hope you enjoy the handout.

      Here’s the source:

  4. The Seaport is a tourist destination and the Northern Ave feeds it. They need a tour bus lane to feed the hungry tourist ripoffs. How does anyone make money off bikes?

  5. Adam – As a proponent of bike accessibility in this city, are you still riding during freezing cold conditions like the past two mornings? What about when there’s snow/black ice coating the streets? On my way to work this morning, there was not a single biker out there. Do you think it’s fiscally sound/reasonable to spend millions of tax dollars building a bike-centric structure that is only fully utilized for 6-7 months of the year? And 40k bike rides a day, give me a break! City is juicing those stats BIG TIME.

  6. Seriously, I agree with you 100%. I am hoping & praying we have 3 Lanes on each side of the
    N. Washington/Charlestown Bridge. The main objective should be to move traffic over the bridge
    as safely & quickly as possible. Amen

  7. Jared, I have the right bridge. The Northern Ave. Bridge doesn’t effect the No. End, only the
    Seaport. I think the Northern Ave. Bridge is an improvement compared to what is there now. It
    seems to me that the city is only worried about tourist not those of us paying the city taxes.


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