WESTFORD — Beaver Brook bridge will soon be receiving upgrades thanks to funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed last year.
The bridge, which is has suffered from structural deficiencies could suffer from unpredictable road closures in the future.
The project will replace and upgrade the bridge and the adjoining roadway. Approximately $2 million has been earmarked for the project, which will add sidewalks, two bicycle lanes and upgraded traffic equipment.
“The Town of Westford is greatly appreciative to Congresswoman Trahan and Representative Arciero for securing our community with 2 million dollars in grant funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” said Westford Assistant Town Manager Eric Heideman in a statement. “These funds will be used to replace the town’s Beaver Brook Bridge, which will benefit both Westford residents and neighboring communities.”
The federal funding will cover 80% of the entire project, with the remainder covered through state-level contributions.
“This joint effort which required passage of special state legislation for the project to meet state environmental standards, will allow for both safe reliable transportation for the average 4,000 cars which utilize this route, as well as an upgrade for recreational use with proper boat ramps,” said State Representative James Arciero.
The proposed project began initial construction this summer after a municipality review began in 2017. The replacement and upgrades are scheduled to begin in April 2023 and conclude in late-September.
Road closures are scheduled between June 17, 2023 to Sept. 27, 2023.
“When the project is complete, approximately 4,000 residents a day will benefit from the improved safety, pedestrian access and a boat ramp to Forge Pond and Beaver Brook.” said Westford Town Engineer Paul Starratt in a statement. “Special thanks to Congresswoman Lori Trahan for her partnership in the project and for her assistance in securing the federal funds to make this infrastructure project a reality.”
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