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Abington and Weymouth

Prepare to be inconvenienced

ABINGTON — Bob and Barbara Turpel’s cedar-shingled house has sat proudly along Bedford Street, also known as Route 18, since 1822. That is 54 years before Custer’s Last Stand, and before gold was discovered in California, the homeowners are quick to point out.

Like some of their neighbors, the Turpels now worry about how their home will survive a proposed $37.6 million expansion of the roadway, from two lanes to four. The state Department of Transportation is planning to widen 4.1 miles of Route 18 from Highland Place in Weymouth, near Route 3, to Route 139 in Abington.

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