On Tuesday, October 30, we traveled to Newburyport to celebrate the final milestone of the John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge Project.
Governor Charlie Baker joined with Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Representative James Kelcourse, Amesbury Mayor Ken Gray, Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday, Salisbury Town Manager Neil Harrington and John Greenleaf Whittier Home & Museum President Chris Bryant to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Whittier Bridge over the Merrimack River in Newburyport, Amesbury and Salisbury as a key part of the William Lloyd Garrison Trail.
As part of a 5 year, $318 million project to complete the replacement of the previous six-lane John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge on Interstate 95 with a pair of bridges carrying eight lanes across the Merrimack River, as well as 4 adjacent bridges, allowed for a special, first-of-its-kind shared-use path Tuesday afternoon.
This trail connection represents a huge step forward for the state and for MassDOT, as we start to see a focus on combining transportation modes into our construction projects and a focus on connectivity, where this path links rail trails from Amesbury to Newburyport to Salisbury.