The Engineering Division, in conjunction with our bridge consultant LiRo Engineering, is undergoing a feasibility study to restore or replace the historic Davis Path Footbridge which creates a pedestrian connection between the neighborhoods to the north and south of the D-branch tracks of the MBTA's Greenline in Brookline Village. This historic structure was originally constructed in the early 1900's and accepted by the Town in 1911. The history of the bridge can be found here.
Remedial repairs, identified in LiRo's Early Action Report, were made to the stair treads and other areas by the Town's contractor through the Building Department.
PHASE TWO: EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR INSPECTION (November 2019 and February 2020)
Engineers from LiRo Engineering conducted an inspection of the exterior of the bridge (November 2019) and the interior of the abutments (February 2020) in anticipation of drafting the feasibility study. Based on the condition of the concrete and reinforcing steel, which was more deteriorated than anticipated between November 2019 and February 2020, LiRo recommended a petrographic analysis and additional material testing to ascertain the existing condition.
PHASE THREE: BRIDGE CLOSURE AND REMOVAL (Ongoing)
Following the additional material sampling on April 10, 2020, based on the recommendation of LiRo Engineering, the Town closed the bridge to public access due to the observed condition of one of the two main supporting girders. A followup structural analysis calculation determined that the original bridge span over the MBTA tracks must be removed for safety purposes. As a result the Town is working with LiRo Engineering and the MBTA to bring on a contractor to demolish the span only in late May, early June of 2020.