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.
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The MBTA has issued a Service Alert: No Weekend Service on the commuter rail Fitchburg Main Line for the period from April 25th, 2015 through November 22nd, 2015. The suspension of weekend service will allow construction of major improvements on the Fitchburg Main Line to …Continue Reading MBTA: Fitchburg Line Weekend Service Suspension
Employers Honored for Excellence in Commuter Options posted on Mar 26
The efforts of more than 170 Massachusetts businesses, colleges, and universities, who promote active, healthy, and sustainable commute options, were celebrated today for helping Massachusetts to reduce traffic congestion, to promote healthy lifestyles, and benefit the environment. The Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards …Continue Reading Employers Honored for Excellence in Commuter Options
Longfellow Bridge: “Salt and Pepper” Towers Work posted on Mar 26
MassDOT on Saturday, March 28 will begin preparing to dismantle the downstream “salt and pepper” towers as part of the Longfellow Bridge Restoration Project. MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), coordinated with the cities of Cambridge and Boston as well as the MBTA to begin dismantling …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge: “Salt and Pepper” Towers Work