The mayor's office says it remains committed to rebuilding the Long Island bridge that was shut last night, but that even under the best circumstances, design, environmental analysis and actual construction could take five years and cost $80 million.
Even before the bridge was shut as unsafe, the city had been preparing bid documents for $9 million in design work, half of which would be paid for by the state.
In the worst case, the city of Quincy, which has long expressed reservations at Boston's nerve in routing traffic through its streets, could tie up the project for years.
The mayor's office says the more than 400 people who normally sleep in a shelter on Long island will be housed in alternate facilities on the mainland, including the South End Fitness Center - which took in 80 people last night and which is being fitted with enough beds for 250 people a night.
For the individuals in recovery programs on the Island, many have been placed in alternative treatment programs. The staff at BPHC PAATHS program is working on placements within the substance abuse system of care. The goal is to place all men and women in long-term recovery programs within 48 hours.
The City has worked closely with all area homeless shelter providers to identify excess beds for additional clients as needed. Clients are in the process of being placed at these partner organizations, agencies and nonprofits.