Featured Transportation

North Washington Street Bridge Project Approved

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 Read More…

Community

What’s The 311? Freedom Trail Bricks Missing and North Washington Street Traffic Sign

Welcome back to our weekly update that highlights some of the cases appearing on 311 in the North End/Waterfront neighborhoods. All 311 cases are public information and can be found at 311.boston.gov. Bricks Missing in Front of Limoncello Restaurant “Freedom Trail sidewalk bricks are missing creating a falling/tripping hazardous hole in the North End at North Square near Read More…

Transportation

North Washington Street Bridge Overnight Lane Closures

The Boston Transportation Department is advising drivers that lane reductions will be in effect on the North Washington Street Bridge from 7 PM, Wednesday, October 25, through 5 AM, Thursday, October 26, to allow for necessary bridge repairs. Inbound travel lanes will be closed to all traffic, and inbound and outbound traffic will both be maintained using Read More…

Transportation

Federal Funding Awarded for North Washington Bridge Replacement

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced that it has received federal funding for the replacement of the North Washington Street Bridge, the bridge that carries traffic between Charlestown and the North End in Boston. The $50.5 million award will also fund replacing a bridge that carries Route 44 over Route 24 in Raynham. “These Read More…

Featured Transportation

Project Video: North Washington Street Bridge Reconstruction is Coming

At the June 2017 North End Waterfront Residents’ Association meeting, Nathaniel Curtis spoke about the upcoming North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project. The project, which could start construction later this year or in early 2018, is expected to last 4 years. As it stands, the current bridge is over a century old and will be replaced with Read More…

Transportation

North Washington Street Bridge Construction Targeted for Summer 2017 [Video]

The design to replace the North Washington Street Bridge is currently 75% complete as officials continue their community meetings to show the design plans.  A Public Information meeting was held at the Nazzaro Center on October 20, 2016, providing an in-depth discussion on the plan to replace the 1,100 foot section of the bridge. The goal of the project is to Read More…

Event Notices

Updated Design Meeting for N. Washington St. (Charlestown) Bridge Replacement Project on October 19th

THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION – HIGHWAY DIVISION NOTICE OF A PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING PROJECT FILE NO. 604173 A Public Information meeting will be held by MassDOT to discuss the replacement of the North Washington Street Bridge over the inner harbor in the City of Boston, MA. WHERE:          Nazzaro Community Center                         Read More…

Transportation

N. Washington Street Bridge Construction to Start in 2017 [Video]

The design process is nearing completion for the upcoming replacement of the North Washington Street Bridge (aka, the Charlestown Bridge). Final design issues and construction impacts were reviewed by State and City officials at a December 16, 2015 meeting held at the West End Museum. The complete meeting video is shown above (timeline below). (00:00 Read More…

Community Event Notices Transportation

North Washington Street Bridge Rehabilitation – MassDOT Meeting Wednesday, December 16th

MassDOT is holding a public meeting regarding the planned $125 million rehabilitation of the N. Washington Street Bridge (aka Charlestown Bridge). The meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2016, 6:30 p.m. at the West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street. The bridge is expected to stay partially open during construction, which is scheduled to Read More…

Police & Fire

Gas Bubbling Out of Harbor Near Lovejoy Wharf

Gas is literally bubbling out of Boston Harbor on Sunday morning. According to reader Janine C., a really bad gas leak is causing a strong odor along the Harborwalk at Lovejoy Wharf near the Converse store. The area around the downtown side of the N. Washington Bridge has been a long-term hot spot for gas leaks. Gas Read More…

Event Notices Transportation

Residents Question Design and Function of Proposed Charlestown Bridge

The reconstruction of North Washington Street Bridge, commonly known as the Charlestown Bridge, was presented to middling reviews by attendees at this week’s meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA).  The new bridge has a modern “tuning fork” design that takes its cues from the nearby Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. Some attendees at the Read More…

Photos & Videos Transportation

Public Works: “There Will be Trees on the [Charlestown] Bridge”

As the design comes to completion for the North Washington Street [Charlestown] Bridge, Boston Public Works Deputy Commissioner, Para Jayasinghe, is making the rounds to the local neighborhood groups. The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) heard the presentation last week and asked questions about the construction period and how the bridge will fit into Read More…