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    Funding the Northern Ave. Bridge

    David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File
    The Northern Avenue Bridge today is a rusting hulk closed to all traffic.

    Shirley Leung’s column “Use GE money to fix the Northern Ave. Bridge” (Business, May 11) makes a thoughtful and substantive case for transferring the public land development value of a Seaport property to a directly relevant and needed public infrastructure project, rebuilding the Northern Ave. Bridge. It also could be considered as the state’s matching money, especially with the city investing $46 million and the federal government putting in $10 million. We all know that transportation accessibility and mobility improvements have not kept pace with the growth and future expected development of the South Boston Seaport. Reconnecting the Northern Ave. Bridge from the surface artery to the Seaport will serve as an important piece of the next phase of comprehensive and critical transportation improvements that should be a high priority for this area. Swift support of this idea makes tremendous sense. This will immediately shift a key infrastructure initiative from conceptual design to a funded transportation construction project, something the Seaport surely needs right now.

    Douglas M. McGarrah


    The writer, a partner at Foley Hoag LLP, is chairman of the board of directors for A Better City.