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Lots of pain, small gain

ADVOCATES FOR bike lanes and walkable cities are gushing over the near-completion of the $19 million rehabilitation of the Boston University Bridge, even urging the public to send thank-you cards to the state Department of Transportation. Motorists, however, would be more likely to send letters of complaint after enduring 2 1/2 years of monstrous traffic jams.

Especially in light of the planned reconstruction of other bridges in the Charles River Basin between Boston and Cambridge, transportation officials should learn from the BU Bridge project. In retrospect, it was probably a mistake to allow traffic to flow over the bridge during construction instead of shutting it down to allow for a rapid repair of structural deficiencies.

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