MassDOT adds pedestrian-bicycle underpass to Anderson Bridge plan


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MassDOT recently announced its support for an underpass on the Boston side of the Charles River at the Anderson Memorial Bridge, emphasizing bicyclist and pedestrian safety throughout the region’s pathway network. The underpass will be permitted as part of ongoing construction at the Anderson Bridge. The underpass will separate bicyclist and pedestrian traffic from automotive traffic at a busy intersection, improving safety across all modes of transportation.

In addition to improving safety, the underpass will provide unobstructed access to two portions of the Doctor Paul Dudley White Bike Path, which are currently separated by the bridge and street rights-of-way.

MassDOT is working with community and advocacy groups on the planning and design of the underpass, which will run near the intersection of North Harvard Street and Soldiers Field Road.

The underpasses advocacy effort is larger than any one group and has included work by dozens of elected officials, citizens and advocacy groups. The Boston Cyclists Union, the Livable Streets Alliance, Cambridge Running Club and the Charles River Conservancy have played key roles.

The Anderson Memorial Bridge is a key Charles River crossing connecting Cambridge to the Allston neighborhood of Boston. Completed in 1915, the bridge is undergoing a major renovation that will bring it up to Federal Highway Administration standards for vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle access, as well as American Disabilities Act and Massachusetts Architectural Access Board standards.

The Paul Dudley White Bike Path is a 17-mile bike path extending from Boston’s Museum of Science to Watertown Square along both sides of the Charles River. The path runs through sections of the Charles River Reservation separated by road and bridge crossings.

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