Preliminary work is underway this week as MassDOT contractors move forward on the Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project. The preliminary work to prepare for major construction will require day and night lane closures within the project limits. Lane closures will be in the north and southbound directions on the bridge itself and on both sides of I-95. Daytime closures will be one lane only. Nighttime closures may be single or multiple lanes, depending on the location. All lane closures will be during non-peak travel times. The schedule is below:
This week, July 8-12:
· Install erosion controls throughout the project area
· Layout and saw cut pavement for traffic barrier line on interstate at northern end of project area
· Prepare staging area on Spring Lane
· Mobilize equipment for Whittier Bridge Pier 3 construction on the Amesbury side of the Merrimack River
Week of July 15:
· Begin removing trees and shrubs in right-of-way
· Continue saw cutting for traffic barrier
· Begin installing Pier 3 cofferdams
Week of July 22:
· Install temporary traffic barrier on interstate at northern end of project area
The project is part of the Patrick Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace Commonwealth bridges. The WhittierBridge is a critical regional transportation link for people and commerce. The project will bring the bridge up to current safety standards and increase highway capacity to handle projected future traffic volumes. In addition, the project includes the first shared-use path along a Massachusetts interstate.
For more information, please visit the Whittier Bridge/I-95 project website. To be added to the project distribution list to receive advisories, updates and meeting notices, please contact Stephanie Boundy at 857-368-8904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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