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Framingham’s Main Street Bridge Re-Opens

November 30, 2009

As part of  Massachusetts’ Recovery Plan to secure the state’s economic future, the state today announced the reopening of the Main Street Bridge over the Sudbury River in Framingham.

“I’m glad I was able to help residents and the Town of Framingham to preserve this historic bridge that will be an icon for Framingham for decades to come,” said Senator Karen Spilka. “This has taken years of persistent hard work by many people, and I appreciate the collaboration involved in getting to this day.”

The $1.6 million project involved reconstruction of the bridge using several sections of the existing historic bridge, including steel trusses and granite foundation blocks. The MassDOT Highway Division’s construction contractor on the Town-owned bridge project is James A. Gross, Inc.

“MassDOT’s Road and Bridge program has made unprecedented investments in rebuilding our infrastructure in the past year, and this Framingham project is another example of a bridge closed for a period of years now reopened to benefit local commuters,” said Jeffrey Mullan, MassDOT Secretary and CEO.

“We are pleased to see the significant collaboration among the Highway Division, Town of Framingham, and our contractor in successfully addressing the preservation of historic aspects of the original bridge and building a safe replacement that will last for decades,” said Luisa Paiewonsky, MassDOT Highway Division Administrator.

“This project is another example of State and Local Government working together to improve our transportation infrastructure,” said Representative Pam Richardson D-Framingham. “I appreciate the painstaking efforts put forth to reinstate an important bridge while preserving its historic integrity.”

The Main Street Bridge had been closed for several years and designs addressed Town desires to maintain and reuse historic components of the original bridge. The reopened bridge provides additional access for commuters to Route 9 in Framingham.

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