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Brown Street/Whipple Road Bridge To Re-Open Next Week

State ready to complete project several weeks ahead of schedule.

closed for more than two years after sustaining severe flood damage, will be open for traffic by the end of next week.

said Friday that final work on the bridge will be completed early next week.

"The bridge deck is done and the paving is done," said Gilbert. "The only things they still need to do are paint the lines, install the guard rail and cut back some brush."

News of the opening will come as a surprise to many residents. At that time, the design work was already completed and the remaining work was estimated to carry a $240,000 price tag. The state committed $130,000 to the project with the remaining $110,000 divided between Tewksbury, Wilmington and Billerica.

SD From T-Bury September 18, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Tom R, you are incorrect in your assumptions. Tewksbury does not own the bridge.
Rachel Henba September 18, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I am PSYCHED. Less gas and wear and tear on my little car now as well as added time to my (and so many others') commute. It has been a long 2 1/2 years. I understand some residents are concerned about the speeders but they are there whether or not the bridge is open. I can't wait to drive over it and see if they widened it at all- it was always a narrow bridge.
Douglas Sears September 18, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Dear Town Officials, The Massachusetts Department of Transportation would like to extend an invitation to the Whipple Road Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Highway Administrator Frank DePaola will be hosting a ribbon cutting for the completed rehabilitation for the bridge that was damaged by flood waters in 2010, and is now opening more than a month ahead of schedule. We are proud to showcase the results of cooperation and collaboration between the Commonwealth and state and local elected officials. We hope that you are able to join us on Friday, September 21 at 11 am and are able to share in celebrating this accomplishment for the communities of Tewksbury, Billerica and Wilmington. Stacey Rainey DOT
Butter September 19, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Now the speeders can stay off George Brown St! Its a great day.
Chris September 21, 2012 at 06:25 PM
One can say the bridge is now open. Will take it on the way home from work

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