BCH proposes elevated walkway over Longwood Avenue

LMA—Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) is seeking to build an elevated walkway over Longwood Avenue that would connect a parking garage to its main building, according to an Institutional Master Plan Notification Form (IMPNF) filed last month with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA).

The proposal would require BCH to amend its Institutional Master Plan (IMP). An IMP is a comprehensive development plan that describes an institution’s existing facilities, long-range planning goals and proposed projects. It is typically a 10-year plan.

The proposal will be presented to the LMA Forum on Sept. 28.

The proposed elevated walkway would span the intersection of Blackfan Circle and Longwood Avenue, connecting the fourth floor of BCH’s parking garage to the mezzanine level of BCH’s main building. The 3,250-square-foot walkway would have around 21 feet of clearance over Longwood Avenue.

“This new connection is especially important for many physically challenged patients and families with young children who will be able to cross the congested Longwood Avenue intersection protected from difficult weather conditions without having to complete their crossing in the few seconds allowed by the pedestrian crossing signal phase,” states IMPNF.

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