(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2014)
The rusting bridge that carries foot traffic over the Fairmount Commuter Rail tracks from Ceylon Street/Alexander Street to Bird Street, has been closed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, due to unsafe conditions at the property.
“The MBTA’s safety department deemed the Ceylon Street bridge unsafe, mainly due to issues with the support structure and it was immediately ordered closed,” said a spokesperson for the T, which manages the property. “No decisions on the future of the bridge have been made at this time. Currently, customers may utilize an accessible crossing within a very short distance of the bridge.”
Although the move by the T is welcome news — neighborhood activist have complained about its condition for some time — its future is still unknown.
Activists have said that the bridge is an important connection for residents trying to access the various schools, community centers, and commercial districts in the area.
City Councilor Tito Jackson, who represents the area, said he is staying on top of the situation and the T’s decision was the right one.
“The T is doing the right thing by securing the bridge because it was unsafe,” said Jackson. “Now the conversation really turned to one of finances.”
Jackson added that while the future of the bridge may be unknown, it provides an opportunity to have broader discussions about the neighborhood’s infrastructure and priorities.
“We need to make an assessment and prioritize the needs in the community,” said Jackson. “I think there’s a large conversation that should be had relative to planning, so we can assess where those connections should be.”
For a video about the bridge’s condition, click here.
(Image courtesy Google Maps)