Connect Historic Boston envisions a new graceful bicycle and pedestrian bridge to carry crowds over the Charles River, day and night, to and from downtown, in the midst of the New Charles River Basin parks.
At one time, several streets and a half-dozen railroad lines crossed the Charles River Basin connecting Boston to Charlestown. Today, the bridges have been consolidated and the only at-grade crossing location for pedestrians and bicycles are the walkways over the Charles River Dam and Locks. The dam itself was constructed on the site of the once heavily used Warren Street Bridge (the subject of a Supreme Court case in 1837). The existing walkway over the locks is often closed for maintenance or dam operations and no longer meets safety or accessibility standards.
Following investment in the new basin parks and a new bridge connecting Cambridge to Charlestown, the route across the Charles River from the new basin parks is increasingly popular for commuting, recreation, and sightseeing.This point on the river provides access to the TD Banknorth Garden, North Station (which serves more than 50,000 commuters a day), the planned skatepark, and new office buildings (under construction as of 2013).