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Public Hearing Notice Northfield - Design Public Hearing webinar and comment period

Webinar publication date: September 17, 2020 - Comment period: Sep 17- Oct 1

Overview of Northfield - Design Public Hearing webinar and comment period

A Virtual Design Public Hearing will be published on the MassDOT website below to present the design for the proposed Schell Bridge Replacement project in Northfield, MA


The purpose of this webinar is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Schell Bridge Replacement – East Northfield Road over the Connecticut River project. All views and comments submitted in response to the webinar will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.


The proposed project consists of the complete replacement of Schell Bridge carrying East Northfield Road over the Connecticut River. The existing bridge will be replaced with a pedestrian/bicycle bridge. The overgrown and abandoned approaches to the existing bridge will be reconstructed and improved with the construction of a shared use path to connect to the new bridge to the existing East Northfield Road. The bridge will remain closed during construction.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The Town of Northfield is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be presented in the webinar.

Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the webinar, plans, and a project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below.

Written statements and other exhibits regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Project Management, Major Projects, Bridge Design Project File No. 607588. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing webinar transcript must be postmarked no later than ten (10) business days after the webinar is posted to the MassDOT website listed below. Project inquiries may be emailed to

This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (e.g interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, live captioning, videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity & Civil Rights Officer by phone at (857) 368-8580, TTD/TTY at (857) 266-0603, fax (857) 368-0602 or by email to Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten business days before the meeting.

Hearing webinar or cancellation announcements will be posted on this website.

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