The Longfellow Bridge Will Reopen in May

Charlie Baker says work is almost done on the historic span.

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Can you even remember a time when the Longfellow Bridge was just, you know, a bridge? It feels like forever since work began to repair and rehabilitate the old, ornate span. But it looks like the wait for a fully passable “Salt-and-Pepper” Bridge is almost over.

The Longfellow Bridge, which connects Boston and Cambridge for cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, and the MBTA, will reopen fully in May, Gov. Charlie Baker announced at a breakfast for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

It’s been a long road. A project to repair the ailing bridge, which dates back to 1909 and features four iconic towers, began in 2013 with a timetable of three years for completion. But construction crews hit snags related to requirements that its historic character be preserved, and progress was slow. In 2015, officials said they believed it wouldn’t fully reopen until December of this year.