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North Washington Street

About the Project

After more than 100 years of service, we are replacing the North Washington Street Bridge with a new bridge for the 21st century, a complete street over water that works for everyone: people driving, riding the bus, biking, walking, sightseeing, boating, and living nearby. Whether you walk the Freedom Trail to dinner in the North End, take a bus from Chelsea or Charlestown, drive your kids to school, or kayak in the Harbor, the North Washington Street Bridge is a key part of daily life. But it has been struggling to fulfil those purposes: the center bay has been closed since 2003, and since fall 2017, ongoing emergency repairs by the City of Boston have further restricted lanes. It is due for a well-deserved retirement.

Drawing of North Washington Street from above

The new bridge will have restored vehicle lanes, a dedicated bus lane (the first on a bridge in the Boston area); physically separated bike lanes; wide sidewalks and an enhanced Freedom Trail; seating and lighting; and hearty local landscaping (another first on a New England bridge).

Construction will be underway in starting in summer 2018, through at least 2022. We know that construction means inconvenience, and that it will impact everyone who travels over and lives near the bridge. MassDOT and its general contractor, J.F. White Contracting, are committed to keeping you informed, managing the impacts as best we can, and getting this project done quickly and safely.

We want you to stay involved and informed. Please sign up to receive project updates, including meeting notices, construction updates, traffic alerts, and other project information from MassDOT. Follow MassDOT on Facebook and Twitter. And reach out any time with concerns and questions. Once construction begins, this website will be updated with the same information we send via email.

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