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.
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
Robin Chase Appointed to MassDOT Board posted on Nov 19
Governor Deval Patrick today appointed Robin Chase to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors. Chase is the founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company in the world, Buzzcar, a car-sharing marketplace in France and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. …Continue Reading Robin Chase Appointed to MassDOT Board
McGrath Boulevard Project Working Group Meeting posted on Nov 18
MassDOT has assembled a working group for the McGrath Boulevard Project including residents, business owners and other local stakeholders. The purpose of the working group is to inform and advise MassDOT on important community issues affecting the development of a design for the McGrath Boulevard …Continue Reading McGrath Boulevard Project Working Group Meeting