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.
Thanksgiving: Travel Safely! posted on Nov 24
MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to check the latest winter weather forecast and plan ahead with the high volume of traffic on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected this year. Highways are typically busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before and on …Continue Reading Thanksgiving: Travel Safely!
South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward posted on Nov 24
Governor Deval Patrick today joined Acting MassDOT Secretary and CEO Frank DePaola and local officials to announce a contract award for the replacement of four bridges in New Bedford and Fall River along the future South Coast Rail Line. The improvements will advance South Coast …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward
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