Travel to and from Northborough is about to get more difficult.
Back in August, Mass Highway told the town they would need to make repairs to the bridge on Northboro Road that crosses the railroad tracks. They’ve now decided they need to replace the entire structure. That means the bridge will likely be closed for two months this fall.
Town Engineer John Woodsmall told selectmen last night that there’s no firm schedule yet, but Mass Highway hopes to start the work in mid-October. The stretch of Northboro Road between Chestnut Hill and Jericho Hill Roads will be closed for the duration of the work.
The main detour route will go through Marlborough (map), but the Simarano Drive exit off Route 495 is also an option.
Buses to and from Algonquin travel over Northboro Road. Woodsmall said the schools have been notified of the impending closure. No word on how the buses will be rerouted yet, but I’ll pass along the information when I have it.
Travel to and from neighborhoods off Fischer road — like Barn and Schipper Farm Lanes — will also become more difficult. As will the commute for some employees who work at businesses along Northboro Road and Simarano Drive.
The new bridge will be a wooden timber bridge with an asphalt surface.