Three Rivers Bridge’s partial closure worries local business owners

Deterioration of the bridge causing closure of westbound side

THREE RIVERS, Mass. (WWLP) – Next Monday’s partial closing of the Main Street Three Rivers bride in Palmer is causing concern. MassDOT will shut down the westbound lane for bridge repairs, but no date was given for reopening the lane.

Deterioration to the bridge over the Quaboag River has forced the closure. The bridge will now be reduced to a single lane, with only eastbound traffic getting by.

Chris Girard, the manager of the Citgo station across the street worries about the impact on her business. “Now that that bridge is going to be closed on one side… everyone is going to avoid this way altogether now that [the Ludlow] bridge is closed and this side is going to be closed. I really don’t know what’s going to happen.”

It is not clear how long it will be before the Three Rivers Bridge will be repaired.

Until then, the following detours will be in place:

  • All traffic coming from the Four Corners area will be redirected to access the western side of Three Rivers through Palmer Road.
  • Truck Exclusions for Calkins Road and Palmer Road in Three Rivers have been temporarily lifted.
  • Commercial vehicles over 11 feet will be redirected to Route 20, and will access the western end of Three Rivers from Calkins Road.

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