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massdot_highway_logoThe Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors today approved the awarding of a contract of approximately $21.5 million to replace the bridge that carries Route 128 north and southbound over the Waters River in Danvers.

“MassDOT has worked closely with the local community and key stakeholders throughout the planning and design process, and we are pleased to be awarding this contract and moving forward with construction operations,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “This project will provide numerous benefits including replacing a structurally deficient bridge, improving sidewalks and adding barriers to mitigate traffic noise for local residents.”

Construction operations and work-related activities are expected to begin in early 2020 and will last approximately five years. The bridge will be replaced in thirds with six total stages of construction.

As with all MassDOT projects, consideration has been given to the impact on those who use the bridge and construction activities will be undertaken in such a manner to minimize the impact on the traveling public and local community. Throughout this construction project, motorists will have access to two travel lanes in each direction on the bridge during peak and weekend hours. The bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction during overnight construction work.

The speed limit on Route 128 in this area will be reduced to 45 mph during these operations to ensure the safety of travelers, work crews and law enforcement details. The public should also note that Exit 24 on Route 128 northbound and Exit 25 on Route 128 southbound will be temporarily closed during the final stage of construction.

Work will also be conducted in environmentally considerate ways that minimize effects on the surrounding area. For example, the new beams with integral abutments will be placed behind the existing abutments to minimize impacts to the river. Additionally, a section of Route 128 will be reconstructed to mitigate settlement issues.

The Baker-Polito Administration is continuing to increase investments in transportation infrastructure. The Administration recently finalized its five-year $18.3 billion transportation Capital Investment Plan for Fiscal Years 2020-2024. This includes over $7 billion in funding for roadways, bridges, intersections, and multimodal pathways across the Commonwealth, as well as over $8 billion in funding for the MBTA.

Governor Baker also recently filed a transportation bond bill seeking $18 billion in additional capital authorization to invest in building and modernizing a transportation system that meets the needs of residents, businesses and cities and towns statewide. The authorization would be used to fund existing programs as well as several new initiatives designed to lessen impacts from roadway congestion and ensure reliable travel throughout the Commonwealth.

MassDOT appreciates the cooperation and patience of the traveling public as core infrastructure is maintained and rebuilt. Members of the public are encouraged to utilize the appropriate technology tools to plan trips, including mass511.com, the MassDOT GoTime travel app, and other wayfinding resources to find the most appropriate route, mode, and timing of travel during construction operations.

 

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