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Road Closes at Night in Lowell

December 6, 2018

LOWELL -- A section of the westbound lanes of Father Morissette Boulevard will be closed to traffic during the evening hours Thursday and Friday for road work, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

The work will occur each night between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. allowing crews and contractors to carry out demolition operations on the bridge that carries Pawtucket Street over the Northern Canal, a MassDOT press release states.

All westbound traffic on Father Morissette Boulevard will be detoured at the intersection of Aiken Street, directed left onto Aiken Street, and then right onto Merrimack Street westbound, where it will rejoin Pawtucket Street/Father Morissette Boulevard at the University Avenue Bridge.

The bridge demolition operations involve removing large steel girders from the existing bridge to allow for bridge reconstruction, the release states. The work is part of a $12.8 million project to replace five canal bridges in Lowell.

Signs, traffic control devices and messaging will be used to guide drivers. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes to minimize delays.

The work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled without notice, the release states.

-- AARON CURTIS

Chamber hosts open house

SHIRLEY -- The Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a holiday open house from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 19. The chamber is located at 2 Shaker Rd., Suite B200 in Shirley. The event is free, according to a release.

-- AMARIS CASTILLO

Tewksbury vacancy on FinCom

TEWKSBURY -- The town is looking to fill a vacancy on the Finance Committee. Applications for the position should be submitted by Friday, Dec. 7. To apply, visit www.tewksbury-ma.gov .

-- KORI TUITT

SilverTones perform on Dec. 21

TEWKSBURY -- The Holly Jolly Christmas Dance hosted by Tewksbury’s SilverTones band is set to spread holiday cheer on Friday, Dec. 21. The event will run from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Tewksbury Senior Center, located at 175 Chandler St.

Attendees should bring their own snacks and beverages. Coffee and tea will be served and there will be a $1 soda machine.

This event is for anyone who wants to listen to holiday music, dance or try to win some raffle prizes. For a chance to win scratch tickets, attendees should wear red and green.

Admission is $10 per person. For info, contact the Senior Center at 978-640-4480.

-- KORI TUITT

Dispose of medications, needles

LOWELL -- The Health Department will be holding Medication and Sharps Disposal Day next week. On Dec. 12 from 2 to 6 p.m. at 341 Pine St., they’ll be accepting prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, liquid medications, inhalers, syringes, lancets, and pen and pump needles.

This is for residential disposal only; no commercial disposals will be allowed.

For more information, call 978-674-4304.

-- RICK SOBEY

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