The Boston University Bridge, originally the Cottage
Farm Bridge, is a bridge carrying Route 2 over the Charles River
connecting Boston to Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is named for Boston
University, which lies at the south end of the bridge. It was built in
1927, on a design by Andrew Canzanelli. Canzanelli designed the Weeks
footbridge and the first shell constructed on the Esplanade.
The bridge crosses diagonally over an older RR bridge carrying the CSX
Transportation Grand Junction Line.
Contrary to popular myth, the bridge is not the only place in the
world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving
under an airplane. Other such places include the 25 de Abril Bridge,
During the period of planning for the Inner Belt, the BU Bridge
represented the planned crossing point of the highway from Boston to
Cambridge. Several plans were discussed for the area; had the road
been built over the river, the bridge would have been demolished and
replaced with a high-level highway overpass, while if the road had
been built as a tunnel, the bridge would have been left standing as a
crossing for surface route traffic.
The BU Bridge is undergoing a planned renovation.
The bridge, particularly the pedestrian
facilities, are in severe disrepair. The river is visible through
holes in the deck and the iron stairs leading from Storrow Drive are
rusted through. Nevertheless, the Commonwealth claims that the
bridge is structurally sound.
Grand Junction Railroad bridge
crosses the river under the Boston University Bridge.