UPDATE: Butters Row Bridge Slated For Replacement…. In 2021

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen received a significant update on the status of the Butters Row Bridge at its most recent meeting.

MassDOT has agreed to initiate a project for the bridge replacement, with the replacement slated to take place in federal fiscal year 2021 (October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021). The Butters Row Bridge replacement will take place in conjunction with replacement of the Route 38 Bridge.  The new Butters Row bridge will be a two-lane bridge with sidewalks.

Town Manager Jeff Hull shared correspondence from Jonathan L. Gulliver, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Acting Highway Administrator.

“Based on the proximity of the two bridges and the fact that significant work on either would require similar coordination with MBTA for track outages and scheduling, it makes sense to try to implement the work at both locations during the construction period, preferably through a single contact,” explained Gulliver.  “If the opportunity arises and funding does become available for the construction of the bridge, the design can be combined with that which is being prepared for the Route 38 Bridge as the advertisement of that project draws closer.”

“I think this is good news,” reacted Town Manager Jeff Hull. “[DPW Director] Mike Woods and I recently met with representatives from MassDOT and we’re moving in the right direction.  It appears to us that we have their support to identify funding for the Butters Row Bridge replacement.”

“I personally view this as good news,” agreed Selectman Chair Mike Champoux.  “While 2021 is amazing to think about, it’s just a few years away.  These things tend to move slowly.  All things considered, this is not a terrible timeline.”

“This wasn’t even on MassDOT’s radar before our June meeting,” added Selectman Ed Loud.

In response to a question from Selectman Greg Bendel, Hull was unsure if previously scheduled improvements will still be made to the bridge, now that replacement seems almost certain.

“I’ll need to follow up on that,” said Hull.  “Some of the scheduled improvements were done this summer, but I’m not sure if all were completed.”

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