MassDOT Highway Division Administrator Frank DePaola joined local officials and Howe family members in celebrating today’s opening of the new Richard P. Howe Bridge on University Avenue in Lowell. The $32.5 million project replaced the bridge over the Merrimack River and Northern Canal. The new bridge is named in honor of Howe, who served for 40 years on the Lowell City Council including four terms as Mayor.
Pedestrian access to the new bridge will be limited to the westerly sidewalk while demolition at the northeast corner of the old bridge are complete and new wing wall and approach to the new bridge are completed. This work is expected to be completed in late Spring 2014.
Remaining work includes demolition of the existing bridge superstructure and center pier and the north and south abutments, along with final paving at the northeast corner of University Avenue and VFW Highway and construction of the proposed outlook wall at the southwest quadrant of the old bridge.
MassDOT encourages drivers to reduce speed and use caution while traveling through the area of the new bridge.
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South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward posted on Nov 24
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