Frances Appleton Bridge

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Frances Appleton Bridge
Coordinates 42°21′38″N 71°04′21″W / 42.360629°N 71.072423°W / 42.360629; -71.072423Coordinates: 42°21′38″N 71°04′21″W / 42.360629°N 71.072423°W / 42.360629; -71.072423
Carries Pedestrians
Crosses Storrow Drive
Locale Boston, Massachusetts
Design Deck steel arch
Total length 607 feet (185 m)
Width 14 feet (4.3 m)
Height 21 feet (6.4 m)
Longest span 222 feet (68 m)
Construction start 2016
Construction end 2017
Frances Appleton Bridge is located in Boston
Frances Appleton Bridge
Frances Appleton Bridge
Location in Boston

The Frances Appleton Bridge is a pedestrian bridge in Boston, Massachusetts that is scheduled for completion in 2017. The bridge was named in recognition of the celebrated courtship and marriage of Frances “Fanny” Appleton and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, after whom an adjacent larger bridge is named.[1][2]


The Frances Appleton Bridge is proposed as part of the master plan to restore the iconic 1908 Longfellow Bridge across the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge. The existing, obsolete pedestrian bridge next to the historic larger span will be replaced with a wider, ADA compliant bridge[3] that will complement the arches of the older structure. The old and new pedestrian bridges both were designed to span Storrow Drive, connecting from near Charles/MGH (MBTA station) to the Charles River Esplanade near the Longfellow Bridge.

The new bridge deck arch will be contemporary in appearance and very transparent, in order to not obstruct views of the historic Longfellow Bridge, the river, and parkland. The slender main steel arch span will be on the order of 222 feet (68 m) long.[2] The approach ramps will follow a similar architectural language, and will appear to float over the landscape before landing next to the river.

Design and construction[edit]

The Frances Appleton Bridge is scheduled for completion in 2017, at an estimated cost of $12.5 million.[2] Bridge architect Miguel Rosales of Boston-based transportation architects Rosales + Partners provided the conceptual design, bridge architecture, and aesthetic lighting design. Preliminary design engineering was performed by Jacobs Engineering. STV, Inc will be the final design engineer and engineer of record. The design/build phase of the bridge will be completed by the joint venture team of contractors White-Skanska-Consigli, and overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.[3] The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will own the footbridge when completed.



  1. ^ The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. "Session Law". Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Murphy, Dan (July 22, 2015). "New Foot Bridge to be Next to Longfellow". Beacon Hill Times. Independent Newspaper Group. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  3. ^ a b MassDOT. "Longfellow Bridge". Retrieved 31 July 2013. 

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