After a major reconstruction project spanning five years, traffic resumed Thursday morning on the Longfellow Bridge in Massachusetts.
The bridge connecting Boston to Cambridge reopened at 5 a.m. and includes all vehicular travel lanes, separated bicycle lanes, sidewalks on both sides of the bridge, as well as the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Red Line infrastructure. Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement that the completion of the project was his administration's commitment to improving "the reliability of core transportation infrastructure."
The administration and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials said as part of the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project, the bridge’s structural capacity was upgraded and one vehicular travel lane in the outbound direction was eliminated. Crews also widened the sidewalks, and bicycle lanes were added. A new MBTA Red Line track also was put in place.
The final design of the bridge was the result of public feedback. According to MassDOT officials, the $300 million project was the first major rehabilitation of the bridge since 1959.