FRAMINGHAM – A portion of the Winter Street bridge is expected to open in late October, Selectmen announced last night at its meeting.
Selectmen Chair Cheryl Tully Stoll said MassDOT, who is overseeing the construction project, will open one lane in either direction near Halloween.
“Myself, the Assistant Town Manager and various DPW managers met with Mass Department of Transportation (Mass DOT) and their contractors at the Winter Street Bridge site yesterday,” said Tully Stoll to Source. “After much discussion, we were able to secure a commitment from them to open two lanes of traffic by the end of October. Now we will work to work to hold their feet to the fire.”
Last week Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Chris Walsh also took Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollock to the site, said Tully Stoll.
“We are all working aggressively to get Mass DOT to expedite the completion of this overdue project that has had such a negative impact on our businesses and residents,” said Tully Stoll.
“I will me meeting with Mass DOT again tomorrow to hopefully get the schedule for the final completion of this project,” said Tully Stoll to Source.
The Winter Street bridge closed just after Christmas in 2016, and was scheduled to open in “late 2017,” according to MassDOT.
It is unknown when the entire bridge will re-open to motorists.
The MassDOT Winter Street bridge project replaces the existing bridge over the MBTA, Amtrak, and CSX railroads.
Motorists have been using the Fountain Street bridge in Framingham or the Front Street bridge in Ashland, as part of a detour.
The Winter Street bridge is located between Fountain Street and Route 135. It is within walking distance to Keefe Technical High School. For that reason, a pedestrian access has been maintained during the closure.
Northern Construction Services was the low bidder for the estimated $6.6 million project in December 2013, according to MassDOT.
Local officials had asked that the bridge closure not affect the 2017-18 school year, but MassDOT could not promise, at the time of the closure, that the bridge would re-open by the time that school year begins.