The $4.8 million project by MassDOT-hired contractor Daniel O'Connell & Sons of Holyoke began in spring 2009. The work included a new reinforced concrete deck and steel beam superstructure, along with new sidewalks, guardrail, traffic signals, and approaching roadway.
The original completion date of June 2012 was set to allow for bridge reconstruction in two phases to maintain pedestrian access. However, MassDOT working with the City of Holyoke, contractors, and other partners designed a plan to use an already-planned utility bridge for pedestrian access. This allowed the bridge to close during construction, speeding the work. The Lyman Street Bridge opened this week, 21 months ahead of schedule.
The Holyoke bridge is another example of MassDOT completing more road and bridge projects safely and faster than ever. The number of projects completed on time this year is up 53%, while the average time for advertising a project to the Notice to proceed from 422 days in 2007 to just 124 days this year.
The positive outcomes are happening even as at least 385 separate projects representing $1.085 billion in investment are repairing roads and deficient bridges and putting thousands of people to work across the Commonwealth in 2010.
MBTA: Weekend Commuter Boat Service Returns May 28 posted on May 26
MassDOT weekend commuter boat service will be provided for the third year between Hingham, Hull, Georges Island, Grape Island and Boston. The service begins Memorial Day weekend and will continue through the Labor Day weekend. “Commuter ferry service on the weekends during the two previous …Continue Reading MBTA: Weekend Commuter Boat Service Returns May 28
Boston: Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project Community Meeting posted on May 26
MassDOT has scheduled a community meeting for the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Reconstruction Project as follows: Thursday, June 2, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Jacob Sleeper Auditorium (CGS 129), Boston University, 871 Commonwealth Avenue. The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Reconstruction Project will replace the existing superstructure …Continue Reading Boston: Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project Community Meeting
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel