The I-495 Bridge Bundle project in Lowell and Tewksbury is moving into later stages of construction this spring. The $36.8 million innovative "Design-Build" project is funded by the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic eight-year, $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally-deficient bridges.
The work begun in 2009 includes complete replacement or reconstruction of the bridges that carry I-495 over the Concord River, the MBTA Railroad and Woburn Street in Lowell. As a "design-build" project, the design team headed by The Middlesex Corporation is responsible for
bringing the work through the design phase to completion of construction.
As of the end of February, work continues on all three bridge sites. Motorists are reminded that the southbound on-ramp from Woburn Street is closed and a detour in effect; temporary traffic signals are in place at both the north and southbound ramps to ensure the efficient flow of detoured traffic.
During the weekend of February 19-20, precast deck panels were installed on the new section of Concord River Bridge, left. Next steps include grouting the joints between panels to create a solid slab. The second half of this bridge will also be built using precast panels.
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