The Northern Avenue Bridge once connected the Financial District with the Seaport. However, recent structural safety concerns closed the bridge to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Now the City of Boston is asking for ideas on the future of the bridge.

According to, Mayor Marty Walsh’s administration has committed at least $100 million to replace it. We partly have GE to thank for this redevelopment. The Boston Globe reported that “tucked in the agreement to bring General Electric Co.’s global headquarters to Boston” was the city’s promise to reopen the Northern Avenue Bridge. Other stipulations in the agreement to bring GE to the city of Boston were improvements to roads, walkways, and bike lanes around the Seaport to prevent anticipated congestion. The Northern Avenue Bridge could help alleviate some of these travel concerns by once again connecting the Seaport with downtown Boston.

In partnership with Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) the City of Boston is calling for designers to submit ideas of projects for restoring the Northern Avenue Bridge. This is one of several projects slated to hit the Seaport as the Seaport District emerges as the one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods for development.

The competition will launch Monday, March 21, 2016 on


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