The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) board of directors approved the construction contract for the Longfellow Bridge Wednesday.
The contract for the rehabilitation for the Longfellow Bridge, which carries Route 3 over the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge, was awarded to J. F. White/Skanska Koch/Consigli, in the amount of $255,489,000, and construction is slated to start in the spring, according to MassDOT officials.
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 Federal Highway Administration standards by improving safety and accessibility for pedestrians, bicyclists and automobiles, as well as to comply with 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.