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Whittier Bridge new span opens to I-95SB traffic

Whittier Bridge new span opens to I-95SB traffic

MassDOT contractors reached a new milestone today as I-95 Southbound traffic has been shifted to the first of two new Whittier Bridge spans.

I-95 Northbound and Southbound traffic lanes are now shifted to the new bridge as of 5:00am on Friday, December 4th.  A MassDOT vehicle made one final pass over the old Whittier Bridge at 8:00am.

With the traffic shift now in place, MassDOT will demolish the existing bridge. The contractor will remove the bridge deck asphalt first, followed by the structural steel, and finally the bridge abutments. The contractor expects to begin removing the piers in early February and complete demolition in March 2016. After the old bridge is demolished, the new span will be constructed in its place and southbound traffic will be shifted to it in late summer or early fall 2017.

MassDOT sends final vehicle over existing Whittier Bridge

MassDOT sends final vehicle over existing Whittier Bridge

MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays. Those traveling through the area may encounter delays and should reduce speed and use caution while travelling along the detour route.

For questions or concerns about the work, please contact Daniel Fielding, 857-368-8959, daniel.fielding2@state.ma.us. For more information about the project, please visit the update Whittier Bridge I-95 Project website.

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