BOSTON — Just weeks after transportation officials acknowledged they were unsure how much it will ultimately cost to rebuild the historic Longfellow Bridge connecting Boston and Cambridge, the project has a new target end date.

The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/2bLqMYT ) that Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials announced Wednesday that the long-delayed new bridge is scheduled to be fully open by June 2018. A prior estimate put the opening in September 2018.

To speed up construction, the westbound side of the 110-year-old bridge will now be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrians will use the eastbound sidewalk for travel in both directions and share that sidewalk with bicyclists heading toward Cambridge.

Construction on the bridge, known for its “salt-and-pepper shaker” towers, began in the summer of 2013. Work was expected to last three years, but a series of issues forced delays.


This story has been corrected to show that one side of the bridge will be temporarily closed to pedestrians and bicyclists, not all their lanes.


Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com