As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Massachusetts Recovery Plan to secure the state’s economic future, Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan today announced the reopening of the Route 28 over Route 213 bridge replacement project in Methuen, a streamlined MassDOT Highway Division project substantially completed 17 months ahead of the original schedule.
“Our team is committed to the kind of innovation and hard work that makes achievements like this expedited bridge opening possible,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “We are completing projects ahead of schedule here in Methuen and across the Commonwealth, and that’s great news for our residents and businesses.”
The $10 million project involved complete replacement of the four-lane Route 28 (Broadway) bridge over Route 213. Crews earlier this summer demolished the existing bridge and constructed a new two-span steel superstructure bridge with five-foot sidewalks.
MassDOT Highway Division working with the contractor S & R Corporation, Lowell, streamlined the project by using two temporary bridges for traffic, allowing the work to be completed in a single stage. This move reduced the work schedule by a full year with opening expected in April 2010 rather than 2011. However, work progress continued at a quicker than expected pace and the bridge has now opened 17 months earlier than first planned.
While delivering more projects, the MassDOT Highway Division has reduced consultant procurement times from 18 months to 5.7 months and reduced construction procurement time by 45 percent. MassDOT continues to reform design and construction timelines, including an aggressive program to reduce the time it takes to reconstruct and rehabilitate bridges, and has entered agreements with environmental agencies to streamline the permitting process. Learn more about MassDOT's Highway Division projects.
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