Residents upset over Route 18 widening project

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A proposal to widen Route 18 over a 4-mile stretch from Highland Place in Weymouth to Route 139 in Abington received a hostile reception from small business owners, town officials, and residents who said they’ve been ignored in the planning.

At a meeting held by state officials last week in Weymouth, objections ranged from the removal of trees to the forced relocation of some residents.

The $30 million plan would add an 11.5-foot-wide lane in each direction, creating four lanes in that stretch of Route 18, and the creation of a temporary bridge to carry traffic while the bridge over the MBTA’s Old Colony railroad tracks is replaced.

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