As odd as this may sound to those of us so used to the Chelsea Street Bridge as an ugly monstrosity – it is the gateway to East Boston and vice versa – the gateway to Chelsea.
The new bridge going up is going to be a masterpiece of modern engineering and construction.
There is every possibility to make the new bridge the centerpiece of a broader effort to make these gateways such that visitors coming and going are impressed by the new bridge and everything around it.
The sidewalks must be treed. Lighting that highlights the brilliance of the construction must be included.
To leave out the accoutrement, so to speak, would be to build a new bridge without clothing it properly.