MBTA to Build $21M New Bedford Pedestrian Bridge

Written by Kyra Senese, Managing Editor
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Mayor Jonathan Mitchell via Twitter

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority and the city of New Bedford reached an agreement Jan. 24 on constructing a $21 million pedestrian bridge as part of a new downtown inter-city rail station being built.

The bridge would provide a safe walking path over John F. Kennedy Boulevard between Purchase Street and the station.

After more than a year of negotiations, the MBTA agreed to design and build the bridge in accordance with the city, a release said. Work on the bridge projext is expected to begin this summer.

“New Bedford deserves public amenities and spaces that are both functional and

beautiful,” New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said. “For a highly visible structure like this pedestrian bridge, excellence in design is a must. We have achieved that goal with this design, and I am grateful for the collaborative efforts between our team and the MBTA’s. The result will be a new city landmark of which we can all be proud.”