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The first pieces of the new northbound bridge arches were placed in March 2015. The existing bridge (pictured to the right of the new arches) is scheduled to be removed once the new bridge is complete.   (Credit: Walsh Construction)

The first pieces of the new northbound bridge arches were placed in March 2015. The existing bridge (pictured to the right of the new arches) is scheduled to be removed once the new bridge is complete.
(Credit: Walsh Construction)

The Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project is a prime example of just how much progress can be made in a summer construction season. From steel arches to freshly paved roadways, improvements are visible along the entire project corridor.

The new northbound bridge arch (foreground) was completed in May 2015. The existing Whittier Bridge is visible behind the new span.  (Credit: Walsh Construction)

The new northbound bridge arch (foreground) was completed in May 2015. The existing Whittier Bridge is visible behind the new span.
(Credit: Walsh Construction)

Drivers passing over the existing Whittier Bridge on I-95 get a preview of the future structure taking shape. Crews worked day and night throughout the spring to connect the steel arches of the new northbound bridge span. Once the arches were complete, hanger cables were installed to stabilize and secure the structure. Slabs of precast concrete deck have been laid as the foundation for the new roadway. Meanwhile, roughly 100-foot long steel girder sections have been installed on the 560-foot span approaching the bridge from the south. Traffic is scheduled to be shifted to the new bridge this fall. Stay tuned and check the project website for updates.

Hanger cables were installed on the arch of the new Whittier Bridge northbound span. The precast concrete deck is being installed piece by piece.  (Credit: Walsh Construction)

Hanger cables were installed on the arch of the new Whittier Bridge northbound span. The precast concrete deck is being installed piece by piece.
(Credit: Walsh Construction)

Interstate motorists may not realize another important achievement just above their heads, but locals are certainly acquainted with this milestone. Traffic was shifted to the new Pine Hill Road/Ferry Road Bridge passing over I-95 in Newburyport on June 26. Demolition of the old bridge is almost complete. This is one of four existing bridges that are being replaced or reconstructed to accommodate a widened section of I-95 between Exit 57 in Newburyport and Exit 59 in Salisbury.

Construction of the Shared-Use Path, the first of its kind to parallel an interstate highway in Massachusetts, also continues. Wooden formwork, recently installed on the new northbound bridge span, will soon be filled with concrete to create the base of one of the Shared-Use Path overlooks. Nearby on I-95 North, the Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Wall is completed, and the roadway and barriers above are nearing completion. As previously covered, the white EPS blocks are used instead of soil to provide support between the roadway and weak, underlying soil.

The new Pine Hill Road/Ferry Road Bridge over I-95 in Newburyport was opened to traffic on June 26.  Demolition of the old structure is almost complete. (Credit: Walsh Construction)

The new Pine Hill Road/Ferry Road Bridge over I-95 in Newburyport was opened to traffic on June 26. Demolition of the old structure is almost complete.
(Credit: Walsh Construction)

Continue to follow the progress of the Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project by visiting the project website and signing up for email updates. Be sure to also check out construction progress photos on the Whittier Bridge’s Flickr album.

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