Environmental Hurdle Crossed Over New Long Island Bridge

Boston's Long Island (Credit Doc Searls/Flickr)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — In what Boston officials called an important development, the State Department of Environmental Protection has given the green light to two crucial permits that the city needs to build a new Long Island Bridge Friday.

The State Department of Environmental Protection issued to the city what is called "superseding orders of conditions."

Without these, the city could not build a new Long Island Bridge.

Boston's Chief Street Chris Osgood says that the state has affirmed the approach the city is taking, saying it is environmentally sensitive in terms of its effect on the Harbor.

The City of Boston has now received two of the three permits it needs from the Commonwealth to build a new Long Island Bridge so that it can house a substance abuse Treatment Center.

The big hurdle though could be continued strong opposition from the City of Quincy.

The road leading to Long Island goes through Quincy, and that city has already filed one legal appeal in an attempt to stop the project. 

The old Long Island Bridge was demolished in 2015 because it was structurally unsound. 

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WBZ NewsRadio’s Carl Stevens (@CarlWBZ) reports.

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