Governor Charlie Baker was joined by other state and local officials to make the announcement about the 240m-long crossing of the river.
“This long-awaited project will provide the residents of Everett, Somerville, and surrounding communities with a safe and convenient way to walk or bike across the Mystic River,” he said. “Once built, the Mystic River bridge will re-connect these communities, enhance access to transportation and local businesses and link the long-distance trail network on the North Shore, delivering significant benefits to the entire region.”
In 2009, the Department of Conservation & Recreation completed a feasibility study which found that a new bridge was the best option for a connection across the Mystic River.
Above: image of Mystic River, from the report written in 2009
State officials estimate that approximately 2,300 pedestrians and more than 350 bicyclists will use the bridge on a daily basis.
“The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is pleased to be part of efforts to construct a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Mystic River which will increase the options for travelling between Everett and Somerville,” said transportation secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler.