MassDOT says the River Street bridge in Cleary Square is beyond repair, so it's started work on designing its complete replacement - with preliminary plans hopefully available for the public to look at in the first quarter of 2023.
In the meantime, MassDOT is planning a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 11 on the decrepit bridge - shut in May.
MassDOT says it looked at making repairs to the old iron bridge, but concluded it couldn't possibly fit in all the needed repairs in the small windows of time it would have on a span across a stretch of the Northeast Corridor that carries both high-speed Amtrak trains and several MBTA commuter lines:
MassDOT has determined that repairing the existing structure is infeasible given the magnitude of work needed and the limited time to perform it during railroad closures and that a considerable time saving in constructing the new bridge can be achieved by maintaining the current structure as pedestrian-only with vehicular traffic detoured. The removal of utilities and relocating the Amtrak electric wires from the current structure; two activities which were originally part of the new bridge project, have been advanced as early action steps.
Rust never sleeps on the underside of the bridge:
The bridge remains open to pedestrians.
Barriers on the Gordon Avenue side of the bridge: