Echo Bridge was built in 1875-76 to carry the Sudbury Aqueduct over the Charles River from Needham to Newton Upper Falls. The railings along the top of the bridge allowed it to become a popular promenade for visitors, and the bridge was featured on numerous historic postcards. This project would take castings from the badly deterioriated original cast iron railing and install an exact reconstruction, using a more ductile form of cast iron, adding safety panels of 2-by-2-inch steel mesh.
This proposal is being considered simultaneously and cooperatively by the Community Preservation Committees of Newton and Needham. The release of any CPA funds appropriated by either community will be contingent on the appropriation of funds by the other, and on the commitment of all funds required from other sources to cover the project's full estimated costs.
|$250,000||state funding, already committed & currently held by MWRA|
|$240,000||staff time for design & project management, committed by MWRA|
|$500,000||Newton CPA funds (request in progress)|
|$250,000||Needham CPA funds (request in progress)|
|$200,000||other donations & grants (individuals, corporations, foundations; $100,000 initial commitment)|
|$1,440,000||TOTAL PROJECT COST|
14 November 2016 - pre-proposal to Newton CPC, including project summary, budgets, and historic reconstruction plans
1 December 2016 - eligibility application to Needham CPC (largely duplicates Newton pre-proposal above)
1978 - National Register of Historic Places nomination (more detailed than 1990 Newton & Needham state register forms above)
Echo Bridge historic postcards - on Newton Free Library website