STATE LOOKS TO NEW ARTERY BRIDGE
TO KEEP ZAKIM'S MESSAGE ALIVE
Over and over, many who mourned Lenny Zakim last December lauded the longtime director of the Anti-Defamation League for helping to bridge divides, whether in race, religion, or ethnicity.
So, at a news conference yesterday, Cardinal Bernard Law said it is fitting that the state plans to name the new Central Artery Bridge, a steel span certain to become one of Boston's most visible landmarks, after Zakim.
"A bridge brings people together," Law said at the news conference at his Brighton residence where he was joined by Governor Paul Cellucci, religious leaders, and Zakim's family.
Law said that Zakim, a close friend, could have succeeded at many professions, but he "chose to dedicate his life to being a bridge, bringing people together."
… Cellucci this week will file a bill to name the 180-foot structure, which will be the world's longest cable-stayed bridge, the Leonard P. Zakim Freedom Bridge. The $100 million bridge is scheduled to open in June 2002, replacing the upper and lower decks of the six-lane Interstate 93 with a 10-lane span over the Charles River.
"This is a symbol for a man who stood for tolerance, fought bigotry and hate," Cellucci said. "If more could follow Lenny's example, we would have a much better city, and a much better state. He really did believe an individual could make a difference. While he fought those evils, he worked to bring people together."
Boston Globe, June 28, 2000.