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New Bedford reaches agreement with MBTA for pedestrian bridge to new train station

The city of New Bedford and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority have reached an agreement on a pedestrian bridge that will link Purchase Street and the new inter-city rail station downtown.

The bridge is designed to provide a safe walking route over John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

Mayor Jon Mitchell is asking the City Council to approve a memorandum of understanding with the MBTA that calls for the agency to pay the $21 million cost of designing and building the bridge.

“For a highly visible structure like this pedestrian bridge, excellence in design is a must,” he said in a news release. “We have achieved that goal with this design, and I am grateful for the collaborative efforts between our team and the MBTA’s.”

Construction is anticipated to begin this summer.