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Dorchester Ave. Bridge Reopens to Pedestrian Traffic (But Still Closed to Cars)

12:09 PM EDT on July 5, 2023

A locator map of the MBTA's Dorchester Ave. bridge project. A red circle about one block south of the Andrew Sq. Red Line station indicates the location of the project. South Boston is located in the upper right corner of the map and Everett Square in Dorchester is in the lower left corner.

Managers for the MBTA's ongoing Dorchester Avenue bridge replacement have re-opened the bridge sidewalk to non-motorized traffic, at least for a few months.

The bridge, a major bike and pedestrian connection into Dorchester, has been closed to all traffic since June 2022 while the MBTA prepares to replace the bridge over its Red Line and Old Colony commuter rail tracks.

The temporary re-opening of the old bridge's sidewalk offers pedestrians and bicycle users (who are expected to walk their bikes across the narrow bridge sidewalk) a shorter, calmer route over the tracks and Interstate 93.

The re-opened sidewalk on the Dorchester Ave. bridge. Courtesy of the MBTA.

Motor traffic is still prohibited on the bridge and being re-routed to Boston Street, one block to the west.

According to the MBTA's project managers, the car-free route will only be available until the spring of 2024, when the old bridge will come down to make way for its replacement.

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