The City of Boston has taken its first steps toward taking down the century-old Northern Avenue Bridge, which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard have warned is in a state of severe deterioration. Though key decision makers at City Hall have expressed interest in considering a preservation-oriented solution, the City has not decided on the bridge’s long-term future. Moving the bridge to East Boston may remove the threat of collapse but does not provide assurance that it will be repaired and returned as a functioning bridge.
Now is a critical time for YOU to call for a preservation solution that returns the bridge to Fort Point.
From now through Tuesday, March 1st, you have the opportunity to share your opinions and concerns about the future of the Northern Avenue Bridge with key decision makers, including City Hall. Before any work on the bridge can begin, the City must obtain several federal, state and local authorizations, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Each of these agencies have issued official correspondence and are seeking public comment.
Public input is an essential component of this process. We’ve included proposed language below, but feel free to modify it and send to the addresses below as you see fit.
Your correspondence will be received by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Massachusetts Historical Commission and filed as part of the required public comment period associated with both federal (Section 106) and state (950 CMR 71.07(3)) review. Your input matters!
Voice your support for the preservation of the Northern Avenue Bridge:
Dear Mr. Kevin Kotelly, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Ms. Brona Simon, Mass. Historical Commission,
I write today regarding Boston’s Northern Avenue Bridge in response to both the U.S. Army Corps’ “Public Notice” (and associated Section 106 Review) and Mass. Historical Commission’s “State Register Consultation” (950 CMR 71.07(3))and your invitations for public comment.
I feel strongly that the Northern Avenue Bridge is an integral element of Boston’s culture and environment which should be preserved. The bridge is an important, character-defining feature of the Fort Point District and the city as a whole. Its loss would mark a significant degradation of the historic neighborhood and the historic features that are so important to defining the City of Boston. A repaired bridge is the best solution to the city’s needs. It can continue to be a city icon while supporting transportation needs to the growing Seaport area and would be a far preferable solution to a new bridge. A restored bridge would represent the city’s unique character of blending old and new and can become a revitalized city feature.
I urge both the U.S. Army Corps and Mass. Historical Commission to require a Memorandum of Agreement that places the proposed disassembly and move of the bridge within a larger framework for the reconstruction, repair and return of the historic bridge. Placing the bridge in East Boston with no additional steps would not meet the requirements for treatment of a historic structure of this significance.
I request to be considered a “consulting party” and informed of future meetings, discussions, and actions on the bridge. We urge your agencies to hold public hearings on the matter.
Send your letter of support for the Northern Avenue Bridge to the following addresses, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Massachusetts Historical Commission U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Attn: Brona Simon
220 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125
Attn: Kevin R. Kotelly, P.E.
New England District
696 Virginia Road
Concord, MA 01742-2751
Massachusetts Historical Commission
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers