When were the walkways removed from the Memorial Bridge?

A worker repairs damaged guardrail on the Quincy Memorial Bridge from the sidewalk in May 1981. The bridge had a 5-foot-wide sidewalk that was removed during a two-year improvement project completed in 1983 that widened the two lanes, which carried traffic in both directions at the time. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 10, 2017 10:10 am Updated: Oct. 10, 2017 10:17 am

You answered a question about how walking across our bridges is prohibited. Back in 1958 or 1959, there were walkways on the old Memorial Bridge (the only bridge we had then). A group of us silly gals walked to West Quincy and back. We were scared to death. When did they remove the walkways? Was it when they remodeled the bridge years ago?

There was a 5-foot-wide sidewalk on the bridge that was removed to increase the lane width from 20 to 24 feet.

The two-year, $5.4 million project was dedicated on Sept. 29, 1983. The work also called for repairing and replacing steel joints, painting the bridge blue, and replacing the deck.

During construction, the bridge, which carried both eastbound and westbound traffic at the time, was reduced to one lane at times. It was also closed to all traffic during some nights, though a ferry was offered for motorists for a fee.

Talk of building the bridge started at the end of World War I, according to a Sept. 15, 1968, article in The Herald-Whig by Carl Landrum.

Plans were drawn up by the Strauss Engineering Co. of Chicago, and the Kelly-Atkinson Co. offered to build the span if the city would raise $250,000 as a stock subscription. The Quincy Bridge Co. was formed in June 1928, and ground was broken on June 16, 1928, though actual construction didn't start until the next month.

The Memorial Bridge officially opened on June 13, 1930. The truss bridge required tolls to cross until 1945. It started handling only eastbound traffic after the Bayview Bridge opened to traffic in 1987.

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