Reconstruction of the Longfellow Bridge is now complete, and the co-author of a landmark study about the Longfellow’s restoration sees reasons to be optimistic that the Commonwealth is becoming more responsible about maintaining its infrastructure assets.
About Dave Westerling
Dr. Westerling is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil Engineering at Merrimack College. He is a Past President of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers/ASCE and a former Congressional Fellow in the United States Senate. Recently Dr. Westerling was Interim Inspector General for the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and last year he assisted FEMA and municipal utilities in Southeast Texas after Hurricane Harvey. He currently serves as Chairman of the Capital Planning Committee in the Town of Berlin MA.
“Our Legacy of Neglect: The Longfellow Bridge and the Cost of Deferred Maintenance” was provided in September 2007.
The Longfellow Bridge, connecting Boston and Cambridge, is in bad shape, due not only to its age and the ravages of our weather, but also to a troubling and persistent lack of maintenance. Fixing the bridge, in effect paying the bill for our unwillingness to maintain it, is estimated to cost at least $180 million, with the potential for cost overruns reaching into the hundreds of millions.