Butters Row Bridge Project Suffers Delay, Still On Track For 2021 Replacement

WILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull provided residents with an update on the Butters Row Bridge Replacement project.

“The project has been delayed because flagmen were not available to permit survey work to be completed,” Hull wrote in a memo to the board. “There is a statewide flagman shortage and many Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) projects involving railroads have experienced the same issues.”

Flagmen were recently made available. As a result, a field survey was able to be completed by Green International Affiliates, the engineering firm hired by MassDOT to complete the bridge design. Green International Affiliates was the same firm that designed the nearby Yentile Farm Recreational Facility.

“Green International will next perform conceptual/preliminary design and obtain approvals for the bridge concept and roadway alignment from various MassDOT departments,” noted Hull. “Green anticipates completing preliminary design sometime next year.”

Green International anticipates coming in front of the Board of Selectmen a meeting in mid-to-late fall of 2019 so Selectmen and the public can review and comment on the preliminary design.

“The plan is to coordinate the Butters Row Bridge work with work on the bridge near Town Park on Route 38, but details have not been discussed because construction of both bridges are still a few years ago,” added Hull. “Currently MassDOT’s schedule calls for the Butters Row Bridge project to be advertised in 2021, but that date is subject to change.”

The new Butters Row bridge will feature two lanes with sidewalks.

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