While little activity has been seen in recent weeks around worksite where the pedestrian bridge over the Charles River is being replaced, Department of Conservation and Recreation officials expect the bridge to be finished and opened on schedule.
The Joseph Thompson Pedestrian Bridge in Watertown Square is expected to open by the end of 2017, according to DCR officials. Some work around the bridge, including landscaping and plantings, may not be finished until the spring of 2018, according to the DCR.
The abutments of the bridge have nearly been completed on both banks of the Charles, but the bridge must still be built. It is in the prefabrication process and is scheduled to be delivered and installed in November, according to DCR officials.
Residents will see more construction activity leading up to the installation of the bridge.
The bridge will be installed in one piece by a cranes. A crane will be put on each approach to the bridge and lift the bridge into place. The cranes need space to operate, which limits the amount of work that can be done around the approaches to the bridge, according to the DCR.