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Renovated 8 Arch Bridge Officially Opens

by Matt Ristaino
May 25, 2018

The newly renovated 8 Arch Bridge officially opened to the public at a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon. The renovations include a concrete walkway and metal railings, allowing for pedestrians and cyclists to use the bridge as a part of the rail trail.

“The town of Holliston is so proud of the 8 Arch Bridge committee,” said selectmen Kevin Conley, who was the one to cut the ribbon. “They (the committee) did phenomenal work, and this bridge will live on. People will look back and say ‘Wow, they did an awesome job with it.’”

The members of the 8 Arch Bridge committee include Jay Robinson (the chairman), Herb Brockert, Alison Lima, Paul Saulnier, Dennis Ferreira, and Mary Greendale.  

Jay Robinson and the rest of the 8 Arch Bridge committe cut the second ribbon.

The construction on the bridge began in March after additional funding for the project was approved at last fall’s Town Meeting. Work on the bridge came to a close on Tuesday.

The renovation was done by N.E.L. corporation for about $700,000. The project finished on-budget and ahead of schedule, according to Paul Saulnier of the 8 Arch Bridge committee, who said that the original goal was to have construction finished by May 30th.

There are already plans to make use of the new and improved bridge, apart from now being a part of the rail trail. Saulnier said that Bobby Blair is planning a Fourth of July celebration on the bridge, possibly including a laser light show.


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Comments (9)

Congratulations to the planning and working teams that made this a reality. Amazed that that the project was completed on time and within the budget. Growing up in the Orchards, watching the trains pass , collecting my brother and his friends when they played/trespassed on the BRIDGE, I never thought that the day would arrive when it was OK to walk over this historic BRIDGE. Thank you. Claire B

- CLAIRE BRESNAHAN | 5/26/18 5:29 PM

Looks Great!

- Jason Green | 5/25/18 6:08 PM

I don't know how this town does it. If I tried to flush $700,000 down the toilet, it would wreck my septic tank.

- Raul Quintanilla | 5/25/18 1:43 PM

Outstanding! Many thanks to those involved in the renovation.

- Cathy Stenquist | 5/25/18 12:45 PM

The project came out excellent. Thank you to all who made this happen. Magnificent!!

- John E. Gagnon | 5/25/18 12:23 PM

This may be the only bridge project ever, that has come in on time and within budget. Congratulations to all involved. The Rail Trail has gone from being a distant dream to become one of the great resources in town.

- Peter Simpson | 5/25/18 9:08 AM

Thank you to all of the volunteers who oversaw this project. Simply amazing!

- Ted | 5/25/18 9:03 AM

I pass by daily to and fro to work and I LOVE the railing design, 'beyond expectations' for railing design for this bridge. Super appreciation to all of you!

- Kate | 5/25/18 8:01 AM

The crowning achievement of an epic effort that has already improved the quality of life for many in town and can only grow in popularity Congratulations and kudos to all concerned.

- Peter Eagan | 5/25/18 7:54 AM



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