Design Phase

In the course of the project investigation and design phase, significant structural deficiencies were discovered in the substructures of the bridges at Central and Suffolk Streets requiring additional engineering and a greatly expanded scope of work for rehabilitation and preservation of these bridges than was anticipated at the time of the submission of the TIGER grant. Engineering documents provided at the time of the grant did not reflect the scale of these structural issues at the two bridges.

In order move forward with this crucial project, and meet the regulatory timelines associated with federal TIGER funding, the Federal Highway Authority approved removing the Suffolk Street over the Northern Canal Bridge from the scope of work described in the awarded TIGER grant.

Please see below for documents related to the design of the Lowell Canal Bridges project. To view historical information and materials related to the TIGER grant application process, please visit our TIGER Application page.

Project Fact Sheet

Materials from the 25% Design Public Hearing (3/13/2017)

Materials from the last Public Information Meeting (9/19/2016)


Project Timeline

Bid Opening: February 2018

Contract Award: end of March 2018

Notice to Proceed: mid-April 2018

Construction begins: early Summer 2018

Construction complete: 2022


Design Phase

25% Design Public Hearing: March 13, 2017

Public Information Meeting: September 19, 2016



For questions, issues, and concerns, please contact Claire Ricker, AICP, Chief Design Planner, at (978) 674-1423 or