The famous Longfellow Bridge, an iconic symbol of Boston, connects Boston with Cambridge, Massachusetts. Some people call it the "Salt and Pepper" Bridge because it has four stone towers that could be said to resemble salt shakers.
The Red Line subway comes above ground before stopping at the Charles/MGH station; it then crosses this bridge to Cambridge. On that side, the Red Line goes immediately back underground again and then stops at the Kendall/MIT station.
In addition to the Red Line, which runs in a fenced-off area in the center, the Longfellow Bridge carries two lanes of vehicular traffic in each direction, and pedestrian sidewalks on both outer sides.
Tragically, in 2008, sections of beautiful, historic ironwork were stolen by Department of Conservation and Recreation employees and sold as scrap metal for a few thousand dollars, where it was melted down and destroyed! Replacing the stolen art-metal is now estimated to cost nearly a million dollars.
December 30th, 2013
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