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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors today approved the awarding of a contract for approximately $20 million to replace the bridge that carries vehicles on Route 44 over Route 24 in Raynham.

The full scope of work for this project includes replacing the existing structurally deficient bridge,  replacing the on-ramp that carries traffic from Route 24 south to Route 44 east, adding new traffic signals, reconstructing a section of Route 44, and providing new pedestrian and bicycle accommodations such as bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and crosswalks. An animation shows each stage of the project:

“We have appreciated the input from key stakeholders and members of the public throughout the design process and look forward to replacing this bridge and helping ensure reliable travel throughout this corridor,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We know many travelers utilize this area and this project will provide a new bridge, improved roadways and intersections, and better accommodations for those who are walking and bicycling through this area.”

The project is currently expected to be completed by the summer of 2021 and is being carried out in ways that accommodate the needs of the traveling public and local community. The bridge is being built in multiple stages in order to minimize impacts and throughout the project, two lanes in each direction will be maintained on Routes 44 and 24 except during off-peak hours. Lane closures will be limited to overnight off-peak hours and roadway closures of Route 24 that are necessary for certain bridge replacement activities will be limited to weekend overnight hours.

Crews will also be utilizing a “partial bridge slide” where a section of the new bridge is constructed to the side of the existing bridge and then slid laterally into place. This method of construction ensures that traffic can continue to flow across the old bridge while crews are constructing the new bridge. The sliding of the new bridge will take place over one weekend night in 2019 and will require roadway closures and detours of traffic.

The new bridge will be wider than the existing bridge and will accommodate two travel lanes plus an auxiliary lane in each direction. Shoulder and bicycle lines will be added in each direction of travel, along with sidewalks and a median to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety.

 

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