Middlesex Turnpike

The Middlesex Turnpike project will begin in the Spring. Tree removal has already started. Future updates will be posted below!

Background Information

Since the 1980’s the Town’s of Bedford, Burlington and Billerica have collaborated to reconstruct the Middlesex Turnpike. This project will improve the capacity of the regional roadway in an effort to attract business to the area, stimulate economic growth in an existing business district, and improve access to Routes 3 and 128. The below information gives a historical perspective on the project. 

1/29

Town Manager's Report:

A meeting was held with Manning Road and Middlesex Turnpike Residents about the upcoming $37 million Turnpike project. Although it is too late to send the project back to the drawing board we were able to address some of their concerns and came away with a few other action items:

  • The project schedule will be posted biweekly on Town’s website.
  • Tree removal schedules will be reviewed to ensure removal schedule accommodates residences privacy concerns as much as possible.
  • The Rock walls will be relocated.
  • The Town will explore extending the sidewalk on the northerly side of Manning Road. The town is looking at an option to install a vinyl slatted CLF along the exposed areas on residential properties.
  • The Town will assess hydrant needs on turnpike in that area and incorporate into Hydrant Replacement Program.

2/26

  • Public hearings at the Board of Selectmen meeting for National Grid and Verizon utility poles in the effected areas. These public hearings were postponed until March 5th!

3/2/18

  • Residents met with Town Officials and Project Management to discuss the placement of utility poles. 

3/5/18

  • The Pole locations for this project were passed.
  • The Board instructed the Town Manager to not renegotiate the project with the MassDot. 

5/18

The Town appeared at the preliminary injunction hearing at the Lowell Superior Court last week. The Judge has taken it under advisement and has not released any findings. Town Counsel requested I submit a letter to the court refuting misleading information shouted out at the hearing by Selectman Simolaris. Please see the attached letter that was forwarded at the Judge Joshua Wall.

06/04/18

Middlesex Turnpike Update The request for a preliminary injunction against the Middlesex Turnpike Project was denied. Tree and grubbing work is moving ahead.