Pepperell, Ma., February 25, 2005 - Quotes writer Paul MacDonald in his Pepperell Free Press article: "Construction is expected to be completed with 18 months of commencement," was the word from Mass Highway project manager Michael O'Dowd as the length of time required to replace the covered bridge over the Nashua River on Groton Street." The cost of the reconstruction is estimated to be $2.1 million.
Writes MacDonald: "O'Dowd was speaking at the Design Public Hearing for the bridge replacement project held Feb. 17 at Town Hall. With the design anticipated to be completed by this fall and bids going out shortly thereafter, construction could begin in March 2006 with completion in the fall of 2007."
Popularly known as the Groton Street Bridge, the 108-foot Chester H. Waterous Bridge [WGN 21-09-01#2] was built in 1963 using a Pratt Truss variation. It replaced two earlier bridges, the first built in 1742, the second, the Nehemiah Jewett Bridge, built in 1818.
For the complete article, go to http://www.pepperellfreepress.com/stories/0,1413,109~5517~2731901,00.html.
[Our thanks to Patricia Kane for forwarding this article - Ed.]