WILMINGTON, MA — At its meeting last week, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to request that the Massachusetts Department Transportation to replace the Butters Row Bridge with a two-lane bridge with sidewalks.
The formal vote comes one month after the board held a public forum at the Wilmington Middle School for residents to provide their feedback on the bridge’s future.
“It was clear on June 12 that it was the board’s intention to favor replacing the existing bridge with a two-lane bridge with sidewalks,” explained Town Manager Jeff Hull. “No formal vote was taken as it did not appear necessary. However, in subsequent conversations that DPW Director Mike Woods had with MassDOT representatives, it now appears that it would be advisable that a formal vote takes place.”
While the vote was unanimous, one Selectman offered a bit of a warning.
The Town will now send a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and its legislative delegation, making them aware of the Selectmen’s desire for the new bridge.
“The message is loud and clear that residents want a two-lane bridge, which I will support,” said Selectman Mike McCoy. “But by making Butters Row bridge a two-lane bridge, it will expedite the access road to Xpdex, which has 366 feet of frontage on Buttes Row. I firmly believe that.”
McCoy has previously expressed concern that a large housing development is being eyed for the old Xpdex site after Veritiv, the most recent business on the parcel, closed in May 2017. Town Hall officials, however, has yet to be approached about any such proposal. Additionally, any zoning change to accommodate a large housing development on this parcel would need to be approved by residents at a Town Meeting.
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