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Sleepless in Wellesley

Posted by Ralph Ranalli June 23, 2007 07:03 AM

WELLESLEY

Residents living near the Route 16 bridge across Route 9 in Wellesley will soon be serenaded to sleep by “all-night pile driving,” warned town executive director Hans Larsen during a recent Board of Selectmen meeting.

Larsen said that work on the bridge, which resumed this month after a long stoppage while the state replaced its original contractor, will also require diverting traffic around the bridge beginning at around 10 p.m. each night.

Michael Pakstis, director of the Wellesley Department of Public Works, said the new contractor will soon shift the two-way traffic on the bridge to the newly constructed north side lanes in order to demolish and reconstruct the south side. Pakstis said that all of the remaining work is expected to take another two years.

-- Lisa Keen

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