Question: What is being done to the viaduct on Elm Street in downtown Gardner?

Answer: The wooden structure that was built sometime in 1917 is in the process of being torn down.  Demolition started on Jan. 13 and was to be completed on Jan. 17. The bridge has been closed since 2005 when it was deemed unsafe due to structural concerns.  BNSF granted the city of Gardner an aerial easement for a future pedestrian overpass at Elm Street.  At this time there are no plans for a pedestrian bridge.