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Shawsheen River Bridge

Updated on March 14, 2018

About the Project

Timeline: 2017 – 2018
Status: Construction

This project is for the rehabilitation of the Shawsheen River Bridge located on the Wilmington/Billerica border, which carries the Lowell Commuter Rail over the Shawsheen River.

Project Features

  • Repairs and improvements to the existing abutments
  • New steel plate arch liner, and filler to strengthen the space between the existing and proposed arch
  • Repairs to the existing arch wall, and new concrete wall supports 
  • Erosion protection at the river banks and in the riverbed
  • The hydraulic opening will be reduced, so a 48-inch pipe will be added between both sides of the bridge wing walls


  • More reliable Commuter Rail service
  • Brings the bridge to a State of Good Repair
  • Reduced maintenance costs and service impacts

Service Alerts

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Contact Information

For all queries and comments related to Shawsheen River Bridge, please contact:

John Schwarz, Director of Bridges and Tunnels