Weston-Newton Bridge Replacement at I-90/I-95/Rte 128 – Info Session
Have you ever taken the cloverleaf/pretzel/direct route under the I-90/I-95/Route 128 (shoutout to the old guard who refuses to call it I-95) interchange and thought “hey, that bridge looks like crap”? or “definitely that puppy is falling down soon.” Apparently, the state thinks so too.
I joke about this but when I was just a child (according to the Owlets a century ago which is more or less true), the Mianus River Bridge close to Owl Home Base in New Canaan collapsed. That bridge also looked like crap for a long time, and then it truly was crap and people died. Here’s the story on that in case you are from the Nutmeg State and want to relive some skeery stuff. Because of this event, you will find the Owl is ALWAYS in favor of replacing/rehabilitating bridges even if it is a pain in the commuting butt for a long time.
Moving onwards to some factual stuff, here’s the actual information about an information session, from the town communications guru Anthony:
What’s Going On?
MassDOT will be replacing and rehabilitating a series of eight (Ed.: !!!!!) bridges at the I-90/I-95 interchange. The purpose of this upcoming meeting is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the project. All views and comments made at the meeting will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.
How will this construction project affect you?
This project will impact the community and commuters during construction. During the public meeting, MassDOT will review the construction activities, project schedule, and anticipated impacts. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments.
[Ed.: Please note it is much better to be inconvenienced by construction than to be involved in a bridge collapse. Trust me. Wait, I think I might have said that already].
When is the virtual Public Information Meeting?
The meeting will occur on Thursday, March 31st, 2022 at 6:00 PM. To access the meeting click this link. Please note that the log-in information will be posted in advance of the meeting.
Fine print to be read out in an undertone and very quickly: This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request. For more information, click this link. Project inquiries may be emailed to email@example.com
And for those of us who like to walk or bike, it is almost impossible today to get from Weston to Waltham/Newton on rt 30. The new bridge will include both sidewalk and bike lane. (rt 128, when built in the 60s, became a barrier between MetroWest and Boston for all but cars, and it separated Weston from the Charles River.)
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