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Haverhill MBTA BridgesThe MBTA announced that construction work at the Washington Street railroad bridge will impact traffic for approximately two weeks beginning today, Monday, November 3 through November 17th.

MBTA’s contractors will be removing a surplus railroad spur over Washington Street as part of a major project to rehabilitate three railroad bridges in downtown Haverhill.

The construction will occur weekdays, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., except for Election Day and Veterans Day. Traffic patterns will be either one-lane alternating traffic or require a detour route.
Construction work that will affect the traveling public will occur on the following dates:

• November 3, 5, 6 and 7 – one-lane of alternating traffic
• November 10, 12 and 13 – detour route will be in effect
• November 14 and 17 – one-lane of alternating traffic

Construction work will not be performed, and therefore will not affect traffic patterns, on the following dates:

• November 4 – Election Day
• November 11 – Veterans Day

Police officers will be on hand to assist motorists to navigate one-lane of alternating traffic on Washington Street. Vehicles will use as a detour route via the Comeau Bridge, Route 125 (So Main Street) to the Route 125 Bridge; with an alternate detour route for vehicles traveling west on Merrimack Street (Downtown) via Essex Street, High Street to Washington Avenue.

Three bridges, owned by MBTA, are connected and span Washington Street and the Merrimack River, will be completely rehabilitated. Currently, the bridges are used by MBTA’s commuter rail, Amtrak’s Downeaster and Pam Am Freight. Daily rail service includes 26 commuter rail passenger trains, 10 Downeaster passenger trains and approximately 8 freight trains. Rehabilitation of the bridges is needed to upgrade safety and train operations.

The rehabilitation, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, includes repairing or strengthening deteriorated bridge members, reinforcing the piers, replacing the bearings and cleaning and painting the bridges.

Updates of this project will be available on the MBTA website, www.mbta.com/about_the_mbta/t_projects.

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