WESTFORD – Construction is underway at Beaver Brook Bridge.
Originally scheduled to close in June, Beaver Brook Bridge was closed on Nov. 18, 2022, seven months ahead of schedule, after the Massachusetts Department of Transportation identified a number of structural concerns with the bridge.
“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 Nov. 17, 2022 press release from the Westford Department of Public Works read.
Approximately $2 million in federal funding will cover the project. The federal funding will cover 80% of the entire project, with the remainder covered through state-level contributions. The reconstruction project will add sidewalks, two bicycle lanes and upgraded traffic equipment.
Over $300,000 has been appropriated for the design and construction of the project through a number of town meetings dating back to 2016.
Contractors for MassDOT are working to install a bypass that will allow Beaver Brook to flow “continuously” and “uninterrupted” throughout the duration of the project. Contractors will also relocate underground utilities and install new foundations as construction progresses.
The bridge is scheduled to open by the end of September. Residents and businesses will continue to have access to their properties.
“The Contractor is highly motivated to get the road open to traffic by the end of September,” Cronin told WestfordCAT.
Project updates can be found on the project website and the Westford Department of Public Works Facebook page.