Quincy: Residents unhappy about bicycle access for new Fore River Bridge

Representatives from the state Department of Transportation held a public meeting at the Fore River Bridge Club in Quincy Wednesday night to discuss the progress of the Fore River Bridge construction project.

A large crowd of about 70 people turned out for the forum.

Some people at the meeting expressed their unhappiness regarding bicycle lanes and pedestrian access, slated for the new bridge.

However, Jim O’Leary from the D.O.T. said the bike lanes are mandated to be built.

“That’s the way the bridge is designed. It’s mandated by the commonwealth. It’s an executive order. I understand that the folks from Quincy, Weymouth and Braintree may not like it, but we’re directed by Mass. D.O.T. to design for it, build it and install it,” O’Leary explained.

As far as the time line goes, construction of the Fore River Bridge is right on schedule.

“The expectation is to be complete with the drill shaft for the foundation elements by the end of November and start erecting the towers in the December, January time frame,” O’Leary said.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.