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Boston, Quincy Battle Over Future of Long Island Bridge



    Boston, Quincy Battle Over Future of Long Island Bridge

    It's been nearly three years since the bridge connecting Quincy to Long Island in Boston Harbor was knocked down, and now Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is pushing to rebuild it. But, the Quincy mayor and city council want residents to have a say.

    (Published Friday, Jan. 26, 2018)

    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is pushing forward to rebuild the Long Island Bridge hoping to make use of the island as a facility to treat drug addiction.

    But the mayor of Quincy and City Council are taking steps to make sure that doesn't happen. They say residents in the Squantum section of the city are dead set against it.

    "I pledge to you today that we are wil we will rebuild the bridge back to Long Island," Mayor Walsh said, making a promise he intends to fulfill.

    "You really don't want to know what I think," said Dick Stohlberg.

    Some in Quincy are ready to fight Mayor Walsh's promise. 

    "I don't think it's a good idea," said Ralph Ames.

    Ames and Stohlberg have been Squantum residents for 72 years.

    They endured headaches when the bridge was standing and were relieved when they saw it come down for good in 2015.

    "We are going to have to put up with the speed traffic in and out of the island."

    Speeding cars on the narrow road, the only way in and out, is precisely the reason they aren't excited to welcome it back.

    "Whatever I say they are going to build it if they want it."

    Ames and Stohlberg felt helpless after Walsh's State of the City address, but there is someone fighting back on their behalf.

    William Harris, Ward 6 Councilor in Quincy, is calling for a feasibility study. 

    He wants hard evidence the bridge is a good idea.

    "We are talking about a lot o fmoney being poured into a bridge when we have a lot of bridges throughout the Commonwealth and the city of Boston that need repaired."

    Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch says there's a better way, making a splash in water transportation around Boston.

    "I think a ferry terminal and service will be far cheaper over time than a bridge structure."

    But Ames and Stohlberg are sure it's only a matter of time and they are preparing themselves for the bridge to make its return.

    "Also the way I look at it—we use Boston roads, they use our roads—what can we do about it?"

    Mayor Walsh's office is suggesting the cost of the bridge could be anywhere from $40 to $100 million.

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