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TOWNSEND - Bridge replacement project of West Meadow Road Bridge over Locke Brook.
Date/Time: 02/27/2018
06:00 PM
Event Type:
Design Public Hearing
Location: Memorial Hall Selectmen's Chambers 272 Main Street Townsend, MA 01469

Notice of a Public Hearing

A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT to discuss the proposed bridge replacement project of West Meadow Road Bridge over Locke Brook in the Town of Townsend.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:00 PM


The purpose of this hearing is to inform the public of the proposed West Meadow Road Bridge over Locke Brook bridge replacement project and to provide an opportunity for public question and comment. All questions and comments raised at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent practicable.


The proposed bridge replacement will have a similar vertical and horizontal alignment to the existing roadway. The new bridge will have a longer span with the new bridge abutments constructed behind the existing abutments to reduce scour potential and facilitate removal of the existing bridge foundation. The new bridge will accommodate a wider roadway width. The existing bridge will be removed in its entirety. Work within the brook will be required to remove the existing bridge foundations and install scour protection for the new bridge abutments. Roadway work will include pavement and guardrail improvements. The bridge will be closed during construction with vehicular traffic detoured to Routes 31 and 119.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The Town of Townsend is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands.

Written comments received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above. Plans will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions regarding this project. A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below.

Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Bridge Project Management Section, Project File No. 608259. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed to

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In case of inclement weather, hearing cancellation announcements will be posted on the MassHighway website


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