Back in 1995 the original fifth street bridge in Fitchburg was closed. A state inspection of the bridge found it to be unsafe. After a lengthy study it was decided two years later in 1997 to replace the bridge rather than fix the old one. Bidding was started to determine who will be demolishing the bridge and building the new one. The bridge was finally demolished in 1997.
Construction of the new bridge did not start until the year 2000. It was decided that a twin-tower cable stayed bridge consisting of 52 cables would be built. I vaguely remember the project being stalled for multiple reasons, but do not remember the exact reasons. Finally in September of 2003 the bridge opened. It was named the Arthur J. DiTommaso Memorial Bridge, in honor of Arthur J. DiTommaso who served the city of Fitchburg as a police officer for many years.
Here is a photo of the bridge taken last night. As I pulled up to the spot I've been scouting for some time a train happen to be approaching. I did not have time to set up my tripod, but was able to capture this image as the train was going by.