Governor Deval Patrick today joined MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey, state and local officials and members of the community to dedicate the Great River Bridges project in downtown Westfield.
The $80 million project completed in May includes a new bridge and reconstruction of the existing historic bridge. The two bridges carry Route 10/202 over the Westfield River, providing three lanes of traffic in each direction, adding capacity and easing traffic congestion along the heavily-traveled route. The project also includes replacement of a railroad viaduct, construction of a new public riverfront park on the north bank of the Westfield River and expanded municipal parking in the downtown area.
“The Great River Bridges investment has transformed downtown Westfield, creating jobs and economic opportunity while making major improvements to regional transportation for decades to come,” said Governor Patrick.
The Great River Bridges replace a single original bridge that was one of only two crossings over the Westfield River within the city and a major transportation artery, carrying more than 33,000 vehicles daily.
The replacement of the existing CSX viaduct over North Elm Street and Union Avenue required raising existing CSX tracks and the viaduct to provide necessary clearance over North Elm Street. The increased clearance beneath a railroad viaduct ends an existing bottleneck that caused frequent truck detours.
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