Officials celebrate completion of Newbury bridge repairs

State and local officials gathered with area legislators to celebrate the completion of a project to rehabilitate the bridge that carries Main Street over the Parker River in Newbury.

The work, funded with the help of a $360,000 state grant, included reinforcing the bridge’s concrete deck and deck beams, installing a new railing system, adding new concrete slabs to support the railing system, and utility upgrades.

Work began in May and was completed three weeks ahead of schedule in July in the town’s Byfield section.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver were among those who took part in the ceremony, held at the bridge site.


The project was the first to be completed through the state’s Small Bridge Program, which provides cities and towns funding to aid in the replacement or preservation of municipally owned bridges between 10 and 20 feet long that are not eligible for federal aid and are at high risk for full or partial closure.

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