NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. — Digital signs on Linwood Avenue, Main Street, Fletcher Street and Douglas Road orginally said that reconstruction of the Douglas Road bridge would begin Oct. 29.
Hurricane Sandy changed that schedule, and the signs now say bridge work will begin Oct. 31.
Motorists can expect delays as work begins on replacing the masonry arch bridge, which was built in 1857 and reconstructed in 1923.
The $4.2 million project will replace the bridge over the Mumford River with a single span with features that complement the “architectural aesthetics of the surrounding historic district,’’ according to the state Department of Transportation.
Two-way traffic and pedestrian access will be maintained throughout construction with the use of a temporary bridge. Also included in the project is the necessary roadway reconstruction, utility relocation, drainage and other incidental work.