In 2014, to ensure public safety, former Mayor Martin J. Walsh made the decision to close Long Island Bridge. Rebuilding the bridge and then reopening the island for recovery services continues Boston's commitment to ensuring a continuum of care for those who suffer from substance use disorders.GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK
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About the project
In order to minimize impacts on the seafloor around the bridge, the bridge replacement superstructure component will be assembled offsite and then floated into place on barges.
The new bridge will be similar to the original 1951 bridge. There will be one lane in each direction and sidewalks, as well as an open channel for boats below. The design and materials from the original bridge will be updated to ensure a longer-lasting structure that will last for decades.FILLING THE GAPS
Recovery service providers in Boston have emphasized the need to fill existing gaps in the continuum of care, or the array of services offered to those in each stage of recovery from addiction. Particularly for those who may have co-occurring disorders and are battling behavioral health issues alongside addiction, ensuring that the individual is supported fully throughout recovery is critical.Apply to be Boston's Construction Manager for the Long Island Bridge
The City of Boston, acting through its Public Works Department invites Statements of Qualifications from MassDOT prequalified firms to provide Construction Oversight, Contract Assistance and Material Inspection & Testing services for the Long Island Bridge Project.
We have committed to recovery services being part of the future of Long Island. We saw the potential the location had to be a peaceful setting for those in recovery.
Boston will be able to expand essential recovery resources in a serene setting, and provide services spanning the whole continuum of care such as harm reduction, detox, residential treatment, transitional housing and ongoing peer support.
Project TimelineProject Timeline
The City of Boston submitted to DEP its complete responses to all written public comments submitted to the DEP concerning the City of Boston’s Chapter 91 License application.August 27, 2020:
In November 2018, the City of Boston filed a lawsuit in Suffolk County Superior Court, challenging the denial of a wetlands permit under Quincy’s local wetlands ordinance. Oral arguments were heard on August 27.September 18, 2020
Following the hearing on August 27, the Court asked the City of Boston and the Quincy Conservation Commission to submit post-hearing briefs. The City’s post-hearing brief was submitted on September 18. This matter is currently under advisement. The Court has not yet issued a decision in the case.December 8, 2020
In the case City of Boston v. Quincy Conservation Commission, the Suffolk Superior Court annuls the Quincy Conservation Commission's denial under the Quincy Wetlands Protection Ordinance, ruling for the City of Boston in its efforts to rebuild the Long Island Bridge.March 17, 2021
MassDEP Office of Appeals and Dispute Resolution dismisses Quincy's administrative appeals of the Superseding Orders of Conditions under State Wetlands Protection Act.December 30, 2021
Superior Court judgment for City of Boston and MassDEP in City of Quincy v. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, affirming MassDEP's dismissal of Quincy's administrative appeals of the Superseding Orders of Conditions under State Wetlands Protection Act.
Supreme Judicial Court affirms 2020 Superior Court judgment in City of Boston v. Quincy Conservation Commission, holding that MassDEP's Superseding Orders of Conditions preempt and supersede the Quincy Conservation Commissions permit denial under the Quincy Wetlands Protection Ordinance.July 27, 2022
Superior Court enters favorable decision for City of Boston and Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs in City of Quincy v. Matthew Beaton, dismissing City of Quincy's remaining claims that challenged a 2018 Certificate for the project under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act.March 20, 2023
United States Coast Guard issues its proposed finding that the project will not have an adverse effect on historic properties under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, a prerequisite to issuing a Federal Bridge Permit.April 21, 2023
State Historic Preservation Officer with the Massachusetts Historical Commission concurs with United States Coast Guard's finding of no adverse effect under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.May 3, 2023
United States Coast Guard notifies Boston Public Works Department that review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act is complete.June 15, 2023
United States Coast Guard issues its Preliminary Navigation Clearance Determination, finding that the project will not unreasonably obstruct the free navigation of the waters over which the superstructure will be constructed. This finding is a prerequisite to the issuance of a final Federal Bridge Permit.August 9, 2023
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issues written determination and draft Chapter 91 license for the Long Island Bridge superstructure replacement project. A final license will be issued after any administrative appeals or the 21-day appeal period lapses.
The Mayor pledged to rebuild the Long Island bridge to create a comprehensive, long-term recovery campus on Long Island.MAY 2, 2018
The City of Boston submits Notice of Intent submitted to the Boston Conservation Commission.MAY 16, 2018
The City of Boston presents to Boston Conservation Commission at hearing.MAY 17, 2018
The City of Boston submits Notice of Intent to the Quincy Conservation Commission.JUNE 6, 2018
Boston Conservation Commission approves the City of Boston’s Notice of Intent and issues a Wetlands PermitJUNE 6, 2018
The City of Boston presents to the Quincy Conservation Commission (QCC).JULY 31, 2018
The City of Boston files Notice of Project Change with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office.AUGUST 1, 2018
The City of Boston is present at Quincy Conservation Commission hearing #2; no quorum for the project.SEPTEMBER 5, 2018
The City of Boston attends the Quincy Conservation Commission hearing for the third time and presents. The Quincy Conservation Commission verbally denies the City of Boston Notice of Intent.
City of Boston receives MEPA certificate to continue in comprehensive state permitting process.SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
The City of Boston receives written denial from the City of Quincy on Notice of Intent.OCTOBER 2, 2018
City officials testify at Boston City Council hearing to examine plans regarding reconstruction of the Long Island Bridge and the reopening of service facilities.OCTOBER 5, 2018
The City of Boston released a Request for Information (RFI) to inform the planning of a comprehensive, long-term recovery campus on Long Island.October 9, 2018
In response to the Quincy Conservation Commission's denial under the state Wetlands Protection Act, the City of Boston files Request for Superseding Order of Conditions with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).May 7, 2019
Public hearing was held in Quincy at the Quincy Council on Aging on the City of Boston’s application for a Chapter 91 License for the reconstruction of the Long Island Bridge superstructure. The public hearing was held and facilitated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Waterways Division.June 6, 2019
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issues Superseding Orders of Conditions for work in Boston and Quincy, permitting project under State Welands Protection Act.