What Color Should the Longfellow Bridge be Painted?

The Longfellow Bridge is getting rehabilitated. Some are wondering what color it will be.
The Longfellow Bridge is getting rehabilitated. Some are wondering what color it will be.
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One of the most architecturally distinguished bridges in Massachusetts is getting a facelift and some people are wondering what the new paint job will look like.

A number of commenters took to Reddit this week to weigh in on the color schemes the state Department of Transportation may be considering for the Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project.

Redditor Ice-Z: “I’d pick the gray-blue.” While commenter CircularMatrix likes, “Black and Gold alternating.”

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Anyone out there imagining a more modern feel, stripes, or polka dots can settle down. The MBTA has plans to stick within the historical confines of the bridge, which was built in 1908 and links Boston and Cambridge.

“The ornamental pedestrian railings located along the outside edge of the bridge will be painted the shade of green determined by historic paint analysis to match the original color used on the bridge,” the MassDOTreports.

Some Redditors were down with green. “Thematically, green works best,” Dodge_Swinga wrote, “Matching with Fenway and the old 93 overpass.”

“I kind of like green better,” wrote klausterfok. “I did see somewhere they have a gold paint swatch as well, which looks pretty nice.”

You can weigh in too on the thread here. It’s fun to daydream about possibilities, but of course the state won’t be able to please everyone.

“They all kind of look bad,” Redditor 57ARK said of the options the state is considering.