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Should Boston Rebuild The Bridge To Long Island?28:09
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The Long Island bridge is seen in January, months after it was closed. It has since been demolished.  (Jesse Costa/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
The Long Island bridge is seen in January, months after it was closed. It has since been demolished. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Mayor Marty Walsh wants to rebuild the bridge back to Long Island, located in the Boston Harbor, and create a long-term recovery campus on the island. The plan is a part of the city's efforts to tackle the opioid crisis.

The mayor says rebuilding the bridge could cost between $40 and $100 million. The original bridge was abruptly shut down three years ago because it was not safe, forcing the closure of hundreds of beds for the homeless and for substance use treatment.

But not everyone is on board with Walsh's plans. In Quincy, where the previous bridge was located, there are concerns about traffic to the island. The city's mayor, Tom Koch, want Quincy to be a part of any talks about future bridge development.

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Tom Koch, mayor of Quincy. He tweets @mayortomkoch.

Chris Osgood, chief of street, transportation and sanitation for the city of Boston

Jen Tracey, director of the Office of Recovery Services for the City of Boston

Jack Connors, chairman of Camp Harbor View, which tweets @campharborview

This segment aired on January 11, 2018.

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