MassDOT is designing a new Rourke Bridge over the Merrimack River in Lowell.
In the relentless pursuit of enhancing transportation infrastructure, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has embarked on a monumental endeavor—the Rourke Bridge Replacement Project. This initiative aims to address critical issues associated with the existing Rourke Bridge while ushering in a new era of efficiency, safety, and modernity in the region's transportation network.
The Rourke Bridge, a vital link over the Merrimack River in Lowell, handles approximately 27,000 vehicles daily. Originally constructed as a temporary bridge in 1983, it now faces challenges such as insufficient vehicle capacity, non-compliance with current multi-modal and ADA standards for bicycle and pedestrian features, and signs of deterioration in its supporting substructure.
In 2013, a Corridor Study and Feasibility Analysis assessed the Rourke Bridge and surrounding streets. The study considered replacing the bridge with a permanent structure, evaluating its current location's suitability. Recommendations from the study aimed to enhance mobility for residents, businesses, and visitors.
Based on the findings of the Feasibility Study, MassDOT is now progressing with the replacement of the Rourke Bridge. The upcoming phases involve preliminary design, environmental permitting, and eventual construction, marking a crucial step toward ensuring a safer and more efficient transportation infrastructure in the region.
DATV (Dracut Access Television) has posted the Rourke Bridge Replacement Project: Design Public Hearing that took place on December 6, 2023. This resource provides the community with access to details and updates related to the project, ensuring transparency and keeping residents informed about the developments associated with the Rourke Bridge Replacement. Additional Information can be found on Mass.gov| Massachusetts Department of Transportation website.
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