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Hanover, Route 53 Bridge Ribboncutting, November 2, 2012MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey today joined local officials and business leaders to celebrate the completion of the Route 53 Bridge replacement project over Route 3 in the Town of Hanover.

“This has been a long time coming and I appreciate the patience of all road-way users, our customers,” said Secretary Davey. “This bridge replacement project and the support here today shows us that our roads and bridges do contribute to the economic vitality and quality of life in our communities.”

“As shoppers and residents pass over this bridge this holiday season, they are crossing a bridge that is structurally sound and will last us 75 to 100 years,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola.

The $8.1 million effort started in 2009; however, motorists have faced restrictions on the bridge since 2004 when the initial bridge repair contract began. The project was stopped, re-designed, permitted and sent back out to bid as a full bridge replacement when significant substructure and superstructure deterioration was found during those initial repairs.

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