Thanks to the Governor Patrick's Accelerated Bridge Program of 2008, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and MassDOT were able to consider designing a plan for the restoration and reconstruction of the old rail trestle bridge crossing the Charles River in Lower Falls which became unusable and dangerous to the community after the train stopped running approximately 35 years ago. After many public hearings, the design for the project was finally approved by the Newton Conservation Commission in May 2010. A contractor for the project was selected after the bids were opened May 18, 2010 which included approaches to the bridge from Concord St. in Newton to Washington St. in Wellesley. Reconstruction of the bridge began in late Fall of 2010 and was completed in May 2011. Landscaping and screening continues, however the bridge is very usable. On May 8, 2012, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in Lower Falls to celebrate the completion of the bridge. To read more about the ceremony and the history of the bridge in recent news click here.
Agencies involved in this project and the Hamilton Community Center include:
City of Newton and many outside groups and individuals who have supported these projects (I have a list which I will share)
Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Rick Sullivan who was the Commissioner of DCR when the Bridge work began, and also oversees the DOER grants currently.
Town of Wellesley
Representative Alice Peisch of Wellesley
Senator Cynthia Creem