LUDLOW — Today State Senator Eric P. Lesser cut the ceremonial ribbon across East Street, formally reopening the East Street Bridge connecting Wilbraham and Ludlow.
“It was a team effort to get this bridge reopened, which serves as a vital link for residents of Wilbraham, Ludlow, and the surrounding community to get to work, school, and medical care. I’m grateful the construction is now complete and residents will not have to take long detours. A special thank you to our local DPW, MassDOT, and the construction crews who worked very hard to make it happen,” said Senator Lesser.
Senator Lesser was joined by State Representatives Tom Petrolati and Angelo Puppolo, as well as Senator Anne Gobi and officials from MassDOT, the Town of Wilbraham and the Town of Ludlow.
“Keeping our bridges and roads in good working order is one of my top priorities. My hope is that, in the future, preventive maintenance will ensure bridges do not need to be closed like this again,” Senator Lesser said.
The closure of the East Street Bridge, also called the “Red Bridge,” created a seven-mile detour for friends, family members and neighbors trying to visit each other between Belchertown, Ludlow and Wilbraham.
Senator Lesser heard firsthand from an elderly couple who would park their cars on each side of the bridge and cross it on foot if they had to travel somewhere along the bridge route. They told him their story when he visited the Ludlow Senior Center and he promised to do all he could to reopen the bridge.
“I promised them we would get this bridge reopened, and today we made good on that promise,” said Senator Lesser.
The East Street Bridge, which was originally built in 1937, was rebuilt in 1985 but closed in March 2015 after it failed an inspection. Senator Lesser was instrumental in getting the repair project the attention and funding it needed. The bridge was officially reopened to traffic on Nov. 17.