This project will replace the Beaver Street Bridge over Beaver Dam Brook. This bridge was identified in the 2013 Framingham City Wide Bridge Inspection and Master Plan as a replacement priority within ten years. The bridge was originally built in 1922 and rebuilt in 1951. The structure exhibits severe deterioration of the concrete and has a posted weight limit.
Recently the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) created the Municipal Small Bridge Program. This grant program funds the repair and replacement of small bridges, with spans between 10 feet and 20 feet, which are not eligible for other funding sources. The City has applied for and received a $500,000 grant toward the design and replacement of this critical structure.
Bridge work is anticipated to begin in August 2019 and be substantially completed this year.
Utility companies continue to relocate overhead utilities. Bridge work is now expected to begin in Spring 2020.
A neighborhood meeting for the Beaver Street Bridge Replacement was held on April 4, 2019 at the Woodrow Wilson School, 169 Leland Street. City staff and consultants presented plans for the bridge replacement on Beaver Street near the Mary Dennison Park playground. The project includes the installation of a new bridge with drainage, sidewalk and safety improvements. The project will require a full time vehicular and pedestrian detour during the spring and summer of 2019.