Boston’s Longfellow Bridge project will require skilled project managers

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 By Jack Nevison

Talented project managers who have earned their PMP® certification are crucial for road projects, especially those with the potential to affect the flow of traffic between two major cities.

This past summer, the Longfellow Bridge, a major route connecting Cambridge, Mass., to downtown Boston, was closed for renovations. The thousands of drivers who use the bridge to cross the Charles River every day were rerouted to a bridge further north—a move that caused significant delays. In addition, MBTA subway trains that also used the bridge were replaced by buses for 25 weekends.

According to a report in the Boston Globe, this was only the first phase of a $255 million project that is expected to be finished in the fall of 2016.

The 107-year-old Longfellow Bridge—described as "in bad shape" by a recent editorial in the Globe—will have more space for bike lanes and one less lane for outbound cars when the construction is completed.

"Project managers promise to monitor traffic during the first weeks of the Cambridge-bound closure and be prepared to make changes if necessary," the editorial continued.

For the work to proceed smoothly, project managers had to issue timely project status updates to drivers who needed to change their morning routes. Project managers also had to react quickly in case the project plan needed to be changed on the fly.

The stakes are high with such projects, which is why New Leaf Project Management offers its QPM™ series of games to project managers who wish to advance their careers by earning PDUs for their PMP recertification.

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