Post Content

Whittier Bridge 3 The Patrick-Murray Administration announced today that the Whittier Bridge Project on Interstate 95 in Salisbury, Newburyport and Amesbury will include bicycle and pedestrian access. The agreement marks the first time in the history of the Commonwealth that a bicycle/pedestrian path has been located on an interstate highway bridge. 

The agreement to include a bicycle and pedestrian path was the product of a Massachusetts Department of Transportation community-based working group with members appointed by the mayors of Amesbury and Newburyport and the town administrator of Salisbury.

Improved bicycle and pedestrian access was the top priority identified by local officials and residents. As a result, MassDOT will also provide an east/west connection via the Pine Hill/Ferry Road bridge replacement project, and work with the task force on connections to Pine Hill Road, Maudsley Park and Moseley Woods. MassDOT will extend the path to Route 110, providing improved access to the nearby Ghost Trail and wider regional bicycle trail network.

MassDOT will replace the existing six-lane bridge with a new eight-lane structure. A minimum of three lanes in each direction will be maintained at all times during the peak traffic hours. The project will be designed to minimize right-of-way and environmental impacts. MassDOT is proceeding with an extensive public outreach process to ensure there are no significant impacts to navigation, land use and community resources.

The current number of highway lanes will be maintained during the peak construction hours. MassDOT will ensure that  signage during construction will alert drivers that businesses remain open.
The project is scheduled for advertisement in April 2012.

The $285 million design-build project is one of the largest in Governor Patrick’s $3 billion, eight-year Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges. The program has reduced the number of structurally-deficient bridges by 11 percent.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure posted on May 22

Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure

MassDOT will close the Washington Avenue Bridge in Chelsea on Tuesday, May 26 at 10:00 AM as part of the Silver Line Gateway Project.  Appropriate detour signs will be in place to redirect traffic and pedestrians, and identify relocated bus stops.  The bridge closure is   …Continue Reading Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure

MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service posted on May 22

MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service

The first MBTA Green Line refurbished trolley car was returned to service this week. T personnel are completing test runs on the next refurbished car to return to service in the coming days. These are the first of 86 that are being refurbished. All 86   …Continue Reading MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service

Travel Safely Memorial Day Weekend! posted on May 20

Travel Safely Memorial Day Weekend!

MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  The heaviest traffic is expected Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings.  Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between 1pm   …Continue Reading Travel Safely Memorial Day Weekend!