Cohasset: State, Local Officials Celebrate Cunningham Bridge Completion

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Replacement work has been completed on the Cunningham Bridge in Cohasset. The bridge spans the Little Harbor Inlet on Atlantic Avenue.

State and local officials celebrated the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Jonathan Gulliver, the State Highway Administrator for MassDOT, says they worked with Cohasset to come up a scenic bridge that can safely meet the town’s needs.

Originally, a concrete rail was planned for the span. After feedback from the town, rails were modified for more scenic views.

“This is a bridge rail that’s right on the edge of the pavement, then we have a railing system that’s nice and lightweight, you can see right through it that’s out near the water, it really turned into a great project as a result of that.” said Gulliver. “I think that speaks to the collaborative nature of the process that we had going into it.”

The bridge now includes more space for bicyclists, wider sidewalks, and a softer curve in the road.

Kevin McCarthy, Chair of the Selectmen, says the bridge is a key part of their community.

“In addition to being a connection from the center of town to the beach area, the bridge is a historic fishing and shell fishing area,” said McCarthy.

In the Colonial days, McCarthy says the area used to be a salt marsh where cattle were fed.

“It just has a little bit of everything that’s wonderful about Cohasset right here in this bridge,” said McCarthy. “That’s part of the reason why this community is so excited about it.”

The original bridge was built in 1890 and the structure was replaced in 1962. The single-span bridge became structurally deficient, and the $6.2 million dollar replacement project started in May of 2017.  

The Cunningham Bridge in September 2019. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

The Cunningham Bridge in September 2019. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

The Cunningham Bridge, June 2017. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

The Cunningham Bridge, June 2017. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Looking South on the Cunningham Bridge in September 2019. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Looking North on the Cunningham Bridge in September 2019. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

The Cunningham Bridge in September 2019. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

The Cunningham Bridge in September 2019. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

The Cunningham Bridge in June, 2017. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe

The Cunningham Bridge in June, 2017. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe

The Cunningham Bridge in September 2019. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

The Cunningham Bridge in September 2019. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Looking South on the Cunningham Bridge in September 2019. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Looking South on the Cunningham Bridge in September 2019. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. Lenny has won two Edward R. Murrow awards for breaking news coverage, and a Mass. Broadcasters Award in the sports feature category. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny now lives in Rockland. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com.