The Phillipston Heavy Lift project is part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program, which is creating jobs and improving the Commonwealth’s infrastructure.
The design/build team for the project included SPS of Salisbury and TranSystems of Boston.
As the first ‘Heavy Lift’ bridge construction project in Massachusetts, this award-winning project has been a major milestone for MassDOT. It represents MassDOT’s focus on customer service— the project was designed and constructed to provide a bridge replacement with the least possible construction-related congestion. To accomplish this, the project team constructed the replacement bridge next to the old bridge, allowing traffic to flow on and underneath the bridge during nearly all of the construction.
Once the replacement bridge was ready, crews lifted it with special transporters called SPMTS, drove it the short distance along Route 2A, and lowered it into place. The bridge replacement took only one construction season. The bridge move was completed ahead of schedule— in just 121 hours. You can view the move below.
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel
MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed posted on May 24
Effective immediately, hoverboards are prohibited on all MBTA property, including stations, buses, subways, trains, and commuter boats. MBTA subway and bus personnel, along with Keolis Commuter Rail staff have been informed that customers with hoverboards shall not be permitted to bring such devices into MBTA …Continue Reading MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed
MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement posted on May 24
Frank DePaola, P.E., who has served as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) since February 2015, announced to staff that he plans to retire after his current appointment expires on June 30. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack thanked DePaola in a letter …Continue Reading MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement