City launches contest to determine Northern Avenue Bridge’s replacement

–Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

The city of Boston wants to know what you think should replace the historic Northern Avenue Bridge.

The city and the Boston Society of Architects announced a competition Monday for ideas to replace the century-old bridge. Last month, Mayor Marty Walsh’s administration announced the bridge would be taken down, and committed at least $100 million to replacing it.

The competition opens March 21 and will be judged by a jury on the concepts on how improvements can be made to the connection between downtown and the waterfront, how the legacy of the current bridge is honored, and how the new structure would be an iconic destination for the public. The best ideas will be selected in May, with prize money for the winners, according to the city.


The Northern Avenue Bridge, which opened in 1908, closed to vehicles in 1997 and pedestrians in December of 2014. It connects the Seaport to the Financial District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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