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Bob and Barbara Turpel’s cedar-shingled house has sat proudly along Bedford Street, also known as Route 18, in Abington since 1822. That is 54 years before Custer’s Last Stand, and before gold was discovered in California, the homeowners are quick to point out.
Like some of their neighbors, the Turpels now worry about how their home will survive a proposed $37.6 million expansion of the roadway, from two lanes to four. The state Department of Transportation is planning to widen Route 18 from Highland Place in Weymouth, near Route 3, to Route 139 in Abington, a 4.1-mile stretch.
“We’re not happy about it at all,” said Barbara Turpel, whose family first moved into the house 71 years ago, when she was 10.