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Franklin Line East Street Bridge Rehabilitation

Updated on March 14, 2018

About the Project

Timeline: 2016 – 2019
Status: Construction

The current East Street Bridge, built in 1911, carries the Franklin Line Commuter Rail over East Street in Westwood. The current bridge design has low clearance, and the roadway beneath has no sidewalks, posing a safety hazard to vehicles and pedestrians passing under it.

Project Features

  • New steel plate-girder structure with a steel thru-girder structure
  • New concrete abutments 
  • Improved vertical clearance of 13 feet, 6 inches (compared to today's 10 feet, 4 inches)
  • Total horizontal clearance of 32 feet, plus 5 feet for sidewalks


  • Increased clearance under the bridge for vehicles and pedestrians 
  • Brings the bridge to a State of Good Repair
  • Reduce maintenance costs and service impacts for the foreseeable future

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Contact Information

For all queries and comments related to Franklin Line East Street Bridge Rehabilitation, please contact:

John Schwarz, Director of Bridges and Tunnels