Action Alert: Northern Avenue Bridge’s Future in Suspense

Northern Avenue Bridge, featured on the Architectural Heritage Foundation's website

The Boston Preservation Alliance has announced an action alert for Boston’s historic Northern Avenue Bridge, an iconic, threatened structure that connects the Financial and Seaport Districts.

Built in 1908 and closed to all traffic in 2014, the Northern Avenue Bridge is the last remaining swing bridge of the original nine that once spanned the Fort Point Channel, and one of only 120 left in the United States. The formerly operable steel bridge is a visually striking reminder of the Seaport District’s former industrial character and Boston’s maritime heritage, contrasting sharply with the modern office construction that has sprung up on both sides of the channel in recent decades.

A multi-year effort by the City reimagine the bridge has led to many ideas for its future, from restoring the existing structure for pedestrian and bicycle use to building a new one that would also accommodate vehicular traffic. The City hopes to make its final decision at the end of June.

A COMMUNITY MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 3, 6:30-8:30 PM AT DISTRICT HALL (75 NORTHERN AVE. BOSTON, 02210) – perhaps the last chance for members of the public to share their opinions on the proposals in person.

To offer perspectives in writing, email Visit for more information, and our Case Studies page to learn about AHF’s involvement with the Bridge.

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