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.