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MassDOT Wants To Close Both Winter Street Bridges in Fall, at the Same Time

State is looking to close both the Fountain/Winter Street bridge and the Winter Street Bridge near the dam beginning this fall for 6-8 months; Framingham Selectmen told the state to slow down and delayed a vote to approve.

Framingham Selectmen unanimously voted to table approval of a Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) plan to close both the and the at the same time this fall. The bridges would be closed for 6-8 months, minimum, creating a nightmare for motorists.

Selectmen said they want to meet with MassDOT representatives to explain their bridge program in detail, before voting to approve the projects.

As of yesterday, June 19 the MassDOT has no plans to conduct a meeting about the bridge over the dam but has a public hearing is scheduled for July 26 to talk about the railroad bridge at Winter and Fountain streets.

Selectmen were surprised to hear Winter Street might be closed for such a long period of time.

“How did we get here?” asked Selectman Dennis Giombetti.

Selectmen has asked MassDOT to consider the historic significance of the bridge and the neighborhood, when fixing the bridge.

The project currently proposed by MASSDOT is a major construction project,that will disrupt traffic for an extended period of time.

“This is going to significantly affect the neighborhood,” said Giombetti.

Selectmen Chair Charles Sisitsky said MassDOT did not have any discussions with town leaders before planning this highly invasive construction project.

The bridges are municipally owned and the DOT is asking for Framingham Selectmen to secure all rights of access, so the State can start the construction project.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Restoration has granted MassDOT access to the town so the state can come in and work on the bridge repairs.

MASSDOT said last year's so that the traffic from Winter Street could be routed while the bridge construction in underway. The project began in June and was to have finished in September. The bridge did not re-open until almost Thanksgiving.

Kim Poness June 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Oh my goodness. Looks like my commute's going to double again!
Amy Schwartzberg June 20, 2012 at 01:08 PM
this will impact my commute also, just plain old stinks for commuters and the neighbors.
Susan Petroni (Editor) June 20, 2012 at 03:30 PM
As someone who lives in this neighborhood, I agree with both of you completely! It might actually be easier to travel through downtown and deal with the train delays they to try the state's suggestion of using the new Fountain Street bridge finished last November.
Enzo Rotatori June 20, 2012 at 03:39 PM
The last traffic count on Winter Street a few years ago resulted in a range of between 12,000 and 14,000 vehicles per day!!! Enzo Rotatori, 550 Winter Street, Framingham
Donald Wendt June 20, 2012 at 03:55 PM
The traffic was horrific when they only closed the Fountian St. bridge. Why would they start this project at the beginning of the school year when traffic is already heavy? I guess I am going to have my daughter walk the 1.9 miles to school to save time. Very frustrating news to say the least.
Kim Poness June 20, 2012 at 04:11 PM
@Susan - I was thinking the same thing - how ironic that travelling through downtown might actually be a timesaver!!
Jim Rizoli June 20, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Car count....12-14,000 per day. No big deal! When it gets to 50k per day then you can walk on top of the cars to get to where your going. Jim@ccfiile.com

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