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Fore River Bridge, July 2014The Fore River Bridge Replacement Project in Quincy-Weymouth continues during the summer of 2014 with installation of the permanent bridge components along with a new milestone: arrival of the new bridge steel sections.

The view above shows the progress made at the Quincy tower location. At the west abutment, removal of the existing concrete is ongoing and will be followed by rebar and concrete placements for the new land foundations within the next several weeks. Toward the image background are the first tower leg on the right and the counterweight box on the left. The arrival of these steel components marks an important milestone in the bridge’s construction.

On the Quincy side of the river, a portion of the bridge’s protection system against collisions with ships is ready to to receive steel rebar and concrete. Work at the Quincy abutment is ongoing as is work on the Quincy land foundations. In Weymouth, the focus this summer includes work on the tower, followed by steel erection, completion of the land shafts and work on the bridge dolphin and fenders.

As of early July, the third overnight work shift concluded and the project is now running on a normal, two shift schedule of 7:00AM to 11:00PM.

For immediate questions or concerns regarding third shift or any other construction activities at the Fore River Bridge site, please call 617-504-2924.  This telephone number is operated by a member of the White-Skanska design/build team and is live at all times when construction activities are underway.  All comments and questions are logged and reviewed weekly by MassDOT.

Motorists are reminded that during this phase of construction, bridge openings associated with the passage of ships and maintenance of the temporary span will continue as normal.  Replacement of the Fore River Bridge is taking place under the Commonwealth’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges across Massachusetts.  More information about the Fore River Bridge Replacement Project can be found at www.mass.gov/massdot/foreriverbridge.

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