Board of Selectmen Seeks Input on Butters Row Bridge

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen is seeking input from the community regarding the Butters Row Bridge.  The Bridge will be a main topic discussed at the Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, June 12th at 7:00pm in the Middle School Auditorium, 25 Carter Lane.

Residents are invited to attend and discuss short term plans and long term options for reconstruction of the bridge. Feedback from residents is vital as the intent of the discussion is to determine a long term plan for the bridge.  Representatives from the Department of Public Works and Police Department will be in attendance to answer technical and safety questions.

Butters Row connects Chestnut Street to Main Street (Route 38).  The bridge, which was built in 1920 and reconstructed in 1987, leads traffic over the MBTA Commuter Rail tracks, and is owned and maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).  The travel surface width is 13.5 feet, wide enough for only one vehicle to pass at a time, despite traffic being permitted to cross in both directions.  Convex mirrors are affixed at each end which enable motorists to see oncoming traffic.  Traffic and safety are key concerns due to the restrictive dimensions of the bridge and the frequent use of Butters Row as a cut-through street.

The bridge has been determined safe for travel by MassDOT with a 5-ton (10,000 pound) weight limit.  However, deterioration has been noted in certain components.  Considering the current condition, the bridge is on the MassDOT schedule to be inspected once a year.

It is not likely MassDOT will fund a project if Town Officials or residents are opposed to the work that is proposed.  For more information, contact the Town Manager’s Office at 978-658-3311 or manager@wilmingtonma.gov.

(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Town Manager’s Office.)

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