Hanover: Officials celebrate the long awaited completion of the Route-53 bridge

Eight years and $8.1 million later, the bridge reconstruction and road widening project in Hanover is complete.

Bob Nyman, a six-term State Representative, was a leader in the bridge project from the start when work first began in 2004 and then restarted in 2009.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Mass Department of Transportation CEO Richard Davey recognized Nyman’s wife who was elected to fill her husband’s seat after his unexpected death two years ago, “Rhonda Nyman has carried the torch for her husband not only in projects like this but across the district. We appreciate her support for being a stall work for improving transportation.”

State Representative Rhonda Nyman was in attendance and called the celebration a happy occasion for the Town of Hanover and her family, “My late husband, Bob Nyman, this was his project back in the day and how proud he would be to be here today.”

The Route-53 bridge in Hanover now has two lanes of traffic on either side and a functioning traffic light has been installed at the entrance of Route-3. During the ceremony, officials continuously thanked the community and drivers for cooperating with years of construction.

Hanover Town Manager Troy Clarkson said it was project that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the community. “Dave Delaney is here from  Columbia, [which is] now Prime Buick GMC. Dave is one of the neighbors right at the foot of the bridge who lived through this but he didn’t complain, he continued to be a positive part of the community, participates on the Zoning Board of Appeals, and that’s a community based solution,” said Clarkson

At the end of the ceremony, Davey noted that the Hanover bridge project is a small step to widening Route-3 in the future, “Look, I think we have to confront the reality that we don’t have enough money to even maintain our current system never mind do the kind of expansion projects that we want to do. But at the same time, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be planning for future expansion. So that’s what we did today, the bridge can accommodate widening in the future.”

Davey said the MassDOT is currently focusing on a transportation finance debate that starts in January which will reflect the possibility of future projects like widening Route-3 or bringing weekend commuter rail service back to the South Shore.

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey

5th District State Representative Rhonda Nyman

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