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Decision On The Design Of New Bridge In Shrewsbury

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Drawing of the compromise version of the replacement Burns Memorial Bridge in Shrewsbury.

Drawing of the compromise version of the replacement Burns Memorial Bridge in Shrewsbury.

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SHREWSBURY/WORCESTER (CBS) – A deal has been reached for replacing a crumbling bridge that connects Shrewsbury to Worcester.

Originally, the state Department of Transportation wanted to spend $140 million to replace the Burns Memorial Bridge while local lawmakers favored a grander replacement. The price difference between the two models was about $48 million.

Instead, the two sides decided to work out a compromise. A new design will add elements to improve the new bridge’s appearance without adding cost or construction time.

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