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Phillipston, Lt. Gov Murray, October 15, 2010 Lieutenant Governor Murray today joined state and local leaders in Phillipston at the Commonwealth's first "Heavy Lift" Bridge project. The innovative $3.9 million project currently underway will replace the structurally deficient bridge that carries Route 2 over Route 2A (State Road) in Phillipston. The project is funded by the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program.

MassDOT is building the replacement bridge in a temporary location north of the existing bridge and will slide it into place with self-propelled trailers at the end of October.

Building the replacement bridge away from the existing bridge allows Route 2 traffic to flow freely during nearly the entire construction duration, dramatically reducing the negative impacts of construction on road users. Route 2A traffic has also been trouble-free throughout construction.

In order to demolish the bridge and move the new bridge into place, the immediate bridge location will be closed to traffic for a period of approximately 202 consecutive hours at the end of the month. During this time, Route 2 traffic will follow a very short detour around the site via the on and off ramps. Exits 17 and 19 will provide access to final destinations reached via Route 2A.  The construction of the bridge, which broke ground this year, will be complete in November.

Since the Patrick-Murray Administration filed legislation approved by the Legislature creating the $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP) in 2008, the number of former MassHighway and DCR structurally deficient bridges has dropped from 543 to 482, a decline of over 11 percent. The ABP Program has completed 28 bridge projects already, with another 61 bridge projects currently in construction, and an additional 69 bridge projects scheduled to start construction within the next year. Over the course of the program, more than 200 bridges are planned to be replaced or repaired.

To learn more and see the detour routes for this project visit the Accelerated Bridge Program website.

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