NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — New Bedford is one step closer to building a brand new pedestrian bridge over JFK Boulevard.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) approved the city’s plans to build the bridge, which would provide a new way to access the downtown intercity rail station from Purchase Street.

The next step will be to have the New Bedford City Council sign off on the $21 million project, as requested by Mayor Jon Mitchell.

“New Bedford deserves public amenities and spaces that are both functional and beautiful,” Mitchell said. “For a highly visible structure like this pedestrian bridge, excellence in design is a must. We have achieved that goal with this design … the result will be a new city landmark of which we can all be proud.”

The MBTA has agreed to design and build the bridge at no cost to the city.

Construction is expected to begin this summer.