The $49.7 million project is building a new bridge located approximately 60 feet downstream from the existing bridge. The existing bridge carrying Routes 97/113 over the river remains open during construction. The replacement bridge will have a movable span similar to the existing bridge. In addition to the new bridge, the project will move and reconstruct the approach roadways in Haverhill and Groveland, including traffic signal and other improvements in both communities.
In recent days and weeks, the contractor working from two barges installed cofferdams to allow for work in building the new bridge drilled shaft foundations and concrete piers. A cofferdam is an enclosure within the water area constructed to allow water to be pumped out to create a dry work environment. In addition to the bridge foundation work, which will become visible in the coming months, overhead and underground utility relocation work also continues.
The major MassDOT bridge project is scheduled for completion in early 2014.
Thanksgiving: Travel Safely! posted on Nov 24
MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to check the latest winter weather forecast and plan ahead with the high volume of traffic on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected this year. Highways are typically busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before and on …Continue Reading Thanksgiving: Travel Safely!
South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward posted on Nov 24
Governor Deval Patrick today joined Acting MassDOT Secretary and CEO Frank DePaola and local officials to announce a contract award for the replacement of four bridges in New Bedford and Fall River along the future South Coast Rail Line. The improvements will advance South Coast …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced