First opened in 1908, the Northern Avenue Bridge has served pedestrians, cyclists, automobiles, and freight trains throughout its life. Unfortunately, the continuous exposure to salt water and air caused extensive corrosion of the steel. In 2014, the bridge was closed to all travel for safety reasons. With the continued growth of Downtown and the South Boston Waterfront, Boston needs a crossing here, a new Northern Avenue Bridge - one that enhances mobility, celebrates history, and creates a destination for the next 100 years.
The Northern Avenue Bridge Ideas Competition invited designers and nondesigners alike to propose ideas for the future of the Northern Avenue Bridge that respect history, enhance mobility, and create an extraordinary destination. In total, 133 submissions were received, including 99 graphic designs and 34 essays. The Boston Society of Architects announces the Northern Avenue Bridge Ideas Competition winners and celebrates all participants, while jury members discuss inspiring ideas that emerged from the competition.
» Also see: The Jury’s take on the bridge design competition.
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