DCR Public Meeting to Discuss Renovations of Pedestrian Bridges Over Storrow Drive

DCR Public Meeting to Discuss Bridge/Lane Closures During Renovations of Pedestrian Bridges Over Storrow Drive

Thursday, August 19, 2010

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Community Boating
21 David Mugar Way (on the Esplanade near DCR’s Hatch Shell)
Boston, MA 02108

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, August 19, to discuss upcoming repairs and improvements to two pedestrian bridges and one railroad bridge that cross Storrow Drive. During the work, pedestrians will be detoured to other bridges, and traffic lanes along Storrow Drive will be restricted as needed.

Work is expected to begin August 20 and be completed by the end of November on the Fairfield Street and Silber Way pedestrian bridges and on the railroad bridge that crosses Storrow Drive under the BU Bridge. The work, to be done by Prime Coatings Inc. of Salisbury, will be mostly at night, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. However, any jackhammering noise will end by 11 p.m. every night.

“These pedestrian bridges are popular access points to and from the Charles River Esplanade, and they need to be in good, safe condition,” said DCR Commissioner Richard K. Sullivan Jr. “Repairing and painting these bridges will ensure public safety and enhance the visual appeal of the bridges and the entire Esplanade.” Funding for the $1.7 million project comes from the state’s Accelerated Bridge Program, under which the Patrick Administration has committed $3 billion over the next several years to repair and replace 250 Massachusetts bridges identified as structurally deficient.

To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr. Contact us at mass.parks@state.ma.us.