MassHighway announced the newly-refurbished, historic Bissell Covered Bridge has reopened to traffic. The 59-year old Bissell Bridge carrying Route 8A over Mill Brook in the Town of Charlemont is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the second covered bridge structure at this location and has been open only to foot traffic since a temporary bridge was constructed in 1995.
A nearly two-year, $3 million rehabilitation preserved the historic character of the structurally deficient wooden covered bridge, including partial dismantling the bridge superstructure and inspection of the individual timber members for rot; construction of new abutment back walls and concrete approach slabs; replacement of floor trusses, decking, and bridge railings; and installation of tension reinforcing steel rods. A fire protection system for the timber structure was installed.
Thanksgiving: Travel Safely! posted on Nov 24
MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to check the latest winter weather forecast and plan ahead with the high volume of traffic on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected this year. Highways are typically busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before and on …Continue Reading Thanksgiving: Travel Safely!
South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward posted on Nov 24
Governor Deval Patrick today joined Acting MassDOT Secretary and CEO Frank DePaola and local officials to announce a contract award for the replacement of four bridges in New Bedford and Fall River along the future South Coast Rail Line. The improvements will advance South Coast …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced