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Whitter Bridge 2MassDOT continues demolition of the Pine Hill Road/Ferry Road Bridge over I-95 in Newburyport as part of the Whittier Bridge/I-95 Project.

The contractor is demolishing the south span of the existing bridge first. The contractor is currently demolishing the east and west abutments. To mitigate noise impacts, this work is being performed during the daytime hours of 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Thursday and 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Friday and Saturday. Once the south span is removed, the contractor will begin driving piles to start construction of the new two-span bridge. This work will also be performed during daytime work hours to minimize noise impacts. The contractor anticipates it will begin in early June.

One alternating lane of vehicle traffic is being maintained, controlled by a traffic signal at each end of the bridge. Bicycle and pedestrian access are also being maintained. The work also includes lane closures on I-95 north and southbound. Specific lane closures are controlled by progress of the work on the bridge.

When the new bridge is open to two-way traffic, the remaining north span of the old bridge will be demolished in fall 2014. All demolition and reconstruction will be complete by the end of 2014.

Demolition and reconstruction are scheduled for day and night shifts to expedite the work and comply with restrictions against multiple lane closures on I-95 during the day. MassDOT and the contractor are making every effort to minimize noise impacts. These include scheduling activities that generate the most noise for daytime hours.

For an overview of the major focus areas of construction for the Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project, please view this map.

The schedule for this major infrastructure project is subject to change without notice. MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays.  Those traveling through the area should expect delays and should reduce speed and use caution. 

The $292 million project is one of five “mega” projects in the historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges. The design-build project will replace the existing six-lane bridge over the Merrimack River, built in 1951, with a new structure that includes eight vehicle lanes and a shared use path for bicycle and pedestrian use.

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