Scrub-a-Dub: Commuter Bridge To Undergo Cleaning Today, Wednesday

Photo: The Belmont Center Commuter Rail bridge set for a cleaning in the next days.

One of Belmont’s iconic images will get its first cleaning in its history as the Belmont Center Commuter Rail bridge will undergo a power washing beginning Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 18.

The private initiative spurred by former Belmont Selectman Angelo Firenze and the Belmont Citizens Forum – which has been actively collecting private donations for the past several years to pay for the bridge cleaning – should be complete by Wednesday, Aug. 19, according to Town Administrator David Kale who made the announcement to the Board of Selectmen at its Monday, Aug. 17, meeting.

Well-known Belmont landscaping business, Dante Muzzioli Associates, will be performing the work. 

The washing will begin “after traffic” abates on Tuesday, and will “do as much as they can” before finishing on Wednesday. 

Kale said the private group received permission from the bridge’s owner, the MBTA, and is using volunteer donations to perform the work.

OverNight Work Set for Commuter Rail Bridge Until Friday

Photo: The Belmont Center Commuter Rail bridge.

Much needed gas work will require National Grid to spend the overnight for most of this week tearing up and repairing infrastructure under the Belmont Center Commuter Rail bridge.

Glenn Clancy, director of the Community Development Office, told the Belmont Board of Selectmen Monday, July 27, said the construction is part of the wider work involving long-delayed repairs and the Belmont Center Reconstruction Project.

With work required on the eastern section of the roadway (the left side as one leaves Belmont Center) under the bridge to be completed, Clancy said National Grid requested an overnight shift from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., lasting from Tuesday, July 28 to Friday, July 31, as being the most effective and least disruptive way of completing the job.

“Unfortunately, the work needs to be done,” said Clancy.