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Northern Avenue Bridge Competition

First opened in 1908, the Northern Avenue Bridge has served pedestrians, cyclists, automobiles, and even freight trains throughout its life. Unfortunately continuous exposure to salt water and air has caused extensive corrosion of the steel structure, and the bridge was closed to all traffic over a year ago due to safety concerns.

With the rapid growth of Downtown and the South Boston Waterfront, Boston needs a Northern Avenue Bridge—one that enhances our mobility, celebrates our history, and creates a destination for the next 100 years. What the next iteration of the bridge looks and feels like is a question that remains to be answered, but the City of Boston and Mayor Martin J. Walsh are committed to the project.

View the winners of the Northern Avenue Bridge Ideas Competition below, and view all submissions at

Winners (essay)
A City in Motion, Pauses
The Northern Ave Bridge is Boston

Winners (graphic)
Island in the Stream
Northern Avenue Botanical Bridge (NABB)
Northern Avenue Bridge Park
+ (plus) Bridge

Honorable mentions
Channel Mall Station
Steampunk Gateway: Reimagining Boston's Maritime History

People's Choice
Pivot Point Bridge

Northern Avenue Bridge competition in the press:
How to Make The Northern Avenue Bridge Fun Again (audio broadcast)
How would you design a new Northern Avenue Bridge?
Final 4 design contenders chosen in bridge contest
Here's What the New Northern Avenue Bridge Could Look Like [Renderings]