Selectman Alex Vispoli said the bridge is one “that’s been well overdue to get replaced.”
For the time being, however, the project doesn’t address a southbound safety issue that Vispoli said needs to be corrected.
“When you’re coming south from Shawsheen and coming up towards the library, you’ve got two lanes going to one (lane) pretty much at the bridge,” he said. “It’s a little bit of chicken, of ‘Who’s going to get the right-of-way there?’ It’s not really an ideal solution.”
Watters said the bridge is as wide on its north end as it is on its south end, and that the way the road is painted merges the lanes on the bridge. As planning continues, how to handle the merge is being considered.
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