Children's Hospital says a pedestrian bridge over Longwood Avenue would not only help "physically challenged patients and families with young children" avoid the cold, rain and Boston drivers, it would improve traffic on the narrow, crowded street.
The proposed bridge would connect the hospital with its parking garage on the other side of Longwood.
It is anticipated that the development of the Pedestrian Connector will result in a 75% reduction in pedestrian crossings from the Garage to the Children’s Main Lobby and Hospital facilities south of Longwood Avenue and a 20% reduction in BCH Autocourt traffic, greatly increasing safety both for Hospital patrons who use the Pedestrian Connector and for general pedestrians and vehicles on Longwood Avenue.
The hospital needs BRA approval because it would represent a change to its current "institutional master plan" on file with the BRA.
Complete BRA filing (15M PDF).