MassDOT to Release Environmental Assessment for Longfellow Rehab Project

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has filed an Environmental Assessment report for the Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project and will make the make the document available to the public upon completion of its review by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), MassDOT spokesman Richard Nangle said.

 “The next step will be publication in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act,” Nangle wrote in e-mail to the Times, adding that the Environmental Assessment was filed with the FHWA on June 13. “A public information meeting will be scheduled during the open comment period to solicit input from the public and interested agencies.”

A key component of Gov. Deval Patrick’s $3 billion Accelerated Bridge program to improve structurally deficient crossings throughout the Commonwealth, the Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project intends to meet FHWA standards by improving safety and accessibility for pedestrians, bicyclists and automobiles, as well as comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Improvements to the MBTA Red Line tracks, which are an integral component of the bridge, are also planned as part of the renovation.

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