Lowell Canal Bridges Project

The 6 bold bridges are being rehabilitated or replaced as part of this project.

1. Pawtucket Street over the Pawtucket Canal (L-15-050)
2. Pawtucket Street over the Northern Canal (L-15-049)

3. Broadway over the Pawtucket Canal (L-15-030)
4. Central Street over the Lower Pawtucket Canal (L-15-035)
5. Suffolk Street over the Northern Canal (L-15-052)
6. Merrimack Street over the Western Canal (L-15-047)
7. Merrimack Street over the Merrimack Canal (L-15-046)

8. Kearney Square over the Eastern Canal (L-15-038)

The City of Lowell has been awarded a $13,389,750 grant from the United States Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER VII) Discretionary Grant Program to repair and rehabilitate six canal bridges in Lowell. By taking an innovative and partnership focused approach, this project will rehabilitate and replace a network of critically important bridges over several canals in Lowell, to eliminate weight restrictions that currently interfere with transportation circulation and compromise public safety, economic opportunity, and access to education in the downtown area.

The design work is proceeding on an accelerated time schedule due to regulations associated with federal TIGER funding, and must be completed before July 2017. An initial Public Information Meeting took place on September 19th, 2016, at the Lowell Public Library Meeting Room. A 25% Design Public Hearing took place on March 13, 2017 at the Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell.

To learn more about the project, please review the fact sheet and materials from the most recent Public Meeting:

Project Fact Sheet

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

These and all other materials related to the Design & Construction Phase of the project are available on our Design & Construction Phase page. To view historical information and materials related to the TIGER grant application process, please visit our TIGER Application page.

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, by phone at (978) 674-1423 or by email at CRicker@lowellma.gov