MassDOT will close the Duck Bridge over the Merrimack River in Lawrence to all vehicular traffic beginning Monday, July 12th at 7:00 AM to allow the major elements of the bridge reconstruction to proceed. The closure will remain in effect through mid Summer 2012. Pedestrian access will be available during this time through the use of a temporary pedestrian bridge installed on the east side of the existing bridge.
Drivers affected by the closure will be detoured using Merrimack Street, Parker Street, Amesbury Street, Lawrence Street and Essex Street to the adjacent river crossing at the Casey Bridge. Traffic leaving from the area of the Lawrence General Hospital will be detoured using Prospect Street, Marston Street and the lower portion of the double decker O’Reilly Bridge to Merrimack Street.
Construction began on the $19.9 million project in April 2009. Crews have relocated utilities located on the existing bridge and completed other advance work items in order to minimize the duration of the closure.
This project is part of MassDOT's Statewide Road and Bridge Program. Further changes to the detours and traffic set ups will be announced in advance. The project is expected to be completed in Spring 2013. Temporary signs and Variable Message (VMS) Signs will alert drivers to the changes and detour route.
Plan Ahead for July 4 Travel posted on Jun 29
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Safe Routes to Schools: Baker-Polito Administration Honors 13 posted on Jun 29
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today joined MassDOT in honoring 13 schools and individuals for their work to promote and train students to bicycle and walk to school in a safe manner as part of the Safe Routes to School Program. “I am thrilled to see …Continue Reading Safe Routes to Schools: Baker-Polito Administration Honors 13
Longfellow Bridge Closure, MBTA Red Line Diversion July 8-11 posted on Jun 28
MassDOT’s contractor will close the Longfellow Bridge and implement an MBTA Red Line diversion during the weekend of July 8 through July 10. The Longfellow Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic, except MBTA buses, from 11:00 PM on Friday, July 8, to 5:00 …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge Closure, MBTA Red Line Diversion July 8-11