Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Richard P. Howe Sr. is my dad. Yesterday the city of Lowell and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (by Mass Highway) dedicated a new bridge across the Merrimack River in his name. The Richard P. Howe Bridge connects Merrimack Street on the south side of the river with University Ave on the north side. It replaces the bridge commonly called the University Ave bridge which has stood for many decades. The older bridge which has also been known as the Textile or Textile Memorial Bridge has suffered severe structural damage from the elements and was deemed to be beyond repair. It will be torn down during the winter and should be entirely gone by spring. Richard P. Howe Sr., who was able to attend the ceremony yesterday, was elected to the Lowell City Council in 1965 and served forty consecutive years including four terms as mayor.