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haverhill-i-495-bridge-project-logo-2018MassDOT is reminding members of the public that a public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 29, regarding the approximately $102 million project to replace and widen the bridges carrying I-495 north and southbound over the Merrimack River in Haverhill that is beginning in the coming weeks.

These bridges are being demolished and replaced due to structural and functional deficiencies. The project also includes widening and reconstructing ramps, realigning the roadway, improving the roadway drainage system, constructing pier protection barriers for existing bridge piers at the River Street (Exit 49) and Route 125 Connector (Exit 48) overpasses, and improving signage and pavement markings.

The initial activities that will be occurring include early action work, utility relocations, surveying, and tree and brush clearing. Construction of the I-495 northbound bridge will then begin later in the fall and be completed by 2020. The new I-495 southbound bridge will be constructed beginning in 2020. The full project is expected to be completed in 2022.

In order to minimize the impacts on the traveling public and the local community, MassDOT will maintain three lanes of travel in each direction on I-495 north and southbound during peak commuting hours throughout construction. Impacts such as lane closures will be necessary at various off-peak hours.

The upcoming public meeting is scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, August 29, 6:30 p.m., Haverhill City Hall, Room 301, 4 Summer Street

MassDOT appreciates the cooperation and patience of the traveling public as transportation infrastructure is replaced and improved. Members of the public are encouraged to utilize the appropriate technology tools including mass511.com, MassDOT’s GoTime travel app, and other wayfinding resources to find the most appropriate route, mode, and timing of travel during construction operations.

To learn more, please visit the project website.

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