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Fountain Street Bridge to close for summer

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  June 22, 2011 05:22 PM

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Rush hour traffic in Framingham is about to get worse.

Starting Thursday, the Fountain Street Bridge over the MBTA and CSX Railroad will be shut down and blocked off until the end of September.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will need 97 days starting Thursday to replace the bridge, racking up a bill of over $2.2 million, according to their website.

MassDOT slated the work to begin May 31 and end Sept. 4, but department officials pushed it back after the project manager proposed a later start date so as not to interrupt school bus routes reliant on the bridge.

“This will eliminate disrupting bus traffic for the remainder of this school year and reduce the negative impacts for when school starts up again in the fall,” states a letter from Ronald Dionne, interim district highway director.

“It will eliminate the potential safety issues created by initial implementation of the detour occurring during the school year, and lessen the future negative impacts as all who currently use this route will be aware of the nuances of traveling the detour route from both a time and logistical standpoint prior to school starting in the fall,” the letter said.

Official detour routes have not been posted by Framingham or state officials.

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