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.
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