Quincy: Residents say bicycle lane safety a concern for the new Fore River Bridge

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation held an informational public meeting at the Fore River Club in Quincy Thursday night, to discuss the progress of Fore River Bridge Replacement Project.

About 50 people attended the meeting, with engineers working on the project.

Project Manager Jack Pecora from J.F. White Construction said work on the bridge has been ongoing, despite the brutal winter.

“Certainly it was a difficult winter, but work progressed, nevertheless. We finished up with the foundations in the water. We have the concrete construction proceeding up to the base of the tower and we’re getting ready to build the towers this summer.”

However, some people do have concerns about the project. Sid McDonough is worried that a simple painted line marking bicycle lanes on the new bridge is a safety hazard. McDonough proposes that the D.O.T. put in a rumble strip, for the safety of bicyclists.

“They are not going to put in a raised bike lane. So the alternative to that would be a rumble strip. So, if somebody’s texting, which in spite of the law, people still do, they hit that rumble strip and they’ll know right off that they’re drifting,” McDonough explained.

The Fore River Bridge Project is slated to complete by 2017.

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.