For nearly one half-mile over the Charles River in Massachusetts, the Longfellow Bridge between Boston and Cambridge carries on as a multimodal model of reliability for 21st-century transportation demands.
To say it mildly — with daily reliance by 90,000 riders on the rapid transit Red Line over its two rebuilt railway tracks, along with 28,000 cars, trucks and other motor vehicles driving three vehicle lanes, plus two bike lanes and two ADA-compliant sidewalks — the Longfellow Bridge is a landmark in the region’s transportation system.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and its project team from the private sector restored and adapted the bridge over a phased, five-year period, culminating with the full beneficial use milestone opening in 2018, at a cost of $305.5 million as part of the $3 billion Massachusetts Accelerated Bridge Program.
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