For Immediate Release
July 17, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today joined with area veterans and Boston residents to dedicate the “Tuskegee Airman Bridge” over Morton Street in Dorchester in honor of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. The design, construction and financing for the project was the result of a public/private partnership between the City, State and Federal governments, as well as NStar and the Stop and Shop Companies. The dedication marked the completion of a multi-year redesign of American Legion Highway.
“The reconstruction of this bridge and American Legion Highway has been a true community project and I thank all of our partners for their dedication to seeing it through,” Mayor Menino said. “It is wonderful to see our community come together to honor the Tuskegee Airmen as well all of our service men and women. I can’t think of a more fitting tribute on American Legion Highway.”
The dedication of the Tuskegee Airmen Bridge signifies the completion of a multi-year project designed to make significant engineering and aesthetic improvements to American Legion Highway. In addition to rebuilding the bridge, the project included redesigning intersections, repaving, repainting pavement markings, installing new traffic signals, constructing new curbs, and landscaping and lighting updates.
“I’d like to thank Mayor Menino and the people of Boston for this memorial bridge which celebrates the achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen,” said Willie Shellman, President, New England Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen Inc. “I am proud to be involved with this dedication. Although we all trained in Tuskegee, Alabama, the Airmen were from cities and towns throughout the country. It is heartwarming for me to join today with other New Englanders to dedicate this bridge as a tribute to our important accomplishments.”
The design, construction and financing for the full project stems from a successful public/private partnership engaged in by the City, State and Federal Governments, as well as by NStar, and the Stop and Shop Companies. NStar became a partner in the project and used the opportunity to lay cable lines under American Legion Highway that connect to a nearby substation. NStar also helped to fund the construction of American Legion Highway from Cummins Highway to Blue Hill Avenue. The Stop and Shop Companies, which operates a remodeled store in the vicinity, helped to fund the reconstruction of American Legion Highway, from Cummins Highway to Hyde Park Avenue.