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Beaver Brook Road bridge to undergo early closure

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WESTFORD — Originally scheduled to close next summer, Beaver Brook bridge will now close on Nov. 18, seven months ahead of schedule.

“The reason for this closure is due to severe deterioration of the corrugated structural pipes and the loss of fill that the corrugated pipes are intended to support,” a press release from the Westford Department of Public Works read.

Beaver Brook bridge detour map. (Photo/Westford Highway Department)

The Department of Public Works is working with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to accelerate construction, which was originally scheduled for June 17, 2023.

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 on Oct. 11. “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.

WestfordCAT reached out to the Westford Highway Department and did not receive a date as to when construction will begin.

“We do not have a formal date yet as of yet,” Director of Public Works Stephen Cronin told WestfordCAT. “DOT and the contractor is aware of the early closure so we can prepare to move the date up. We’re looking to get same of that stuff done ahead of demolition and construction.”

The bridge will close at 6 p.m. on Nov. 18 to through traffic.

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