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Support Charles River Underpasses!

Posted by on October 5, 2012

It isn’t often we ask you for something – but when we do, you always amaze us with your response.

Watercolor of Anderson Bridge underpass looking upriver on Boston side by David Smith

The basic premise:
The state is renovating the bridges along the Charles River, and there’s an opportunity to add pedestrian/cyclist underpasses while it is being done. These underpasses would be a huge step forward for all who use the river path, and for the whole movement toward healthy transportation alternatives and exercise routines.

The problem at hand:
The Governor has added an amendment to the Transportation bond bill to include them, but MassDOT hasn’t prioritized it at this point nor included it in design plans. The likelihood it’d happen after the bridges are built isn’t likely…

The solution!
Before the design is finished, the Charles River Conservancy is trying to mobilize support. We helped put together a kickass list of Boston area active lifestyle groups & social media leaders to help the CRC – and now we’re reaching out to you!

CRC has set up a site that allows people to sign a letter to the governor with name, email & home address – just go here to add your name!

To share this info via Twitter, click here – or we’ve got a handy suggested tweet you can cut and paste into your favorite Twitter client:

The time for #CharlesRiverUnderpasses is now! Support the effort with a letter to the Governor: @CharlesRiverCRC

We don’t care how you spread the word – just help get the message out! This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity, there’s little chance to retrofit bridges for underpasses down the road once they are built.

Rendering of Anderson Bridge underpass looking downriver on the Boston side by Tom Gastel

 Learn more on the Charles River Conservancy’s website. Now start sharing!

  • Sdragoni

    I would be happy with a pedestrian crossing at the Boston end of the River Street bridge. That is one dangerous intersection if you are on a bike.