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Framingham: Winter Street Bridge construction 2017

Framingham: Winter Street Bridge construction, 2017

MassDOT is pleased to announce that the new Winter Street Bridge in Framingham will be re-opened to its full capacity of two lanes in each direction on Wednesday, November 1, approximately two months ahead of schedule.

The Winter Street Bridge carries vehicles over the MBTA, Amtrak and CSX railroad lines in Framingham, and was scheduled to be re-opened by January 2018 after being closed to traffic in December 2016 for the bridge replacement project.

“We’d like to thank the members of the public, area legislators and local leaders for their patience as this bridge work replaced the structure carrying vehicles using Winter Street,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “The bridge is opening on November 1 and only small details of work still need to be done which will not significantly impact the four lanes of travel.”

Upcoming work activities on this project include constructing sidewalks, landscaping work, and installing driveway aprons.  All work operations associated with the$7.8 million Winter Street Bridge project are expected to be completed by mid-2018. The full scope of work has consisted of removing the existing structurally deficient bridge and replacing it with a new wider bridge structure, installing new traffic signals, and making infrastructure improvements to the approach roadways.

“I am extremely pleased that MassDOT was able to complete the project early, and I’m proud that our work with MassDOT to expedite the process has paid off,” said Senator Karen E. Spilka. “This is great news for the businesses along Route 135, such as LaCantina Restaurant and the Framingham Baking Company, whose livelihoods have been threatened by the prolonged bridge closure. It is also welcoming news for the many Framingham and Ashland residents who have been re-routed and experienced significant traffic impacts over the past ten months.”

“The impact of road or bridge work on surrounding communities and businesses is immense,” said State Representative Chris Walsh. “Having the commitment and then follow-through of the Department of Transportation at the highest levels to complete projects like the Winter Street bridge reconstruction quickly and efficiently is as critical to the economic health of our community as the quality of the engineering is to the safety of our citizens using the bridge. Though the community understood the need and complexity of such projects, I am pleased that the State understood the importance of getting the job done and back on line 2 months ahead of schedule. Many thanks to MassDOT for their expeditious work and the local community for their forbearance.”

“After almost a year of hard work by the MassDOT and Northern construction services, I am grateful for the early completion of the Winter St. bridge project,” said State Representative Jack Lewis. “I am sure many will enjoy getting back to their usual commutes, and I urge all to support the businesses that have been affected by the closure.”

The Baker-Polito Administration has invested over $2.8 billion since 2015 on highway construction projects and bridges, pavement, intersection and sidewalk improvements, and bike lanes, while authorizing over $700 million in Chapter 90 local transportation funding for cities and towns.  An additional $30 million has been invested through Complete Streets and Municipal Small Bridge programming to support local transportation planning and community bridges not eligible for federal aid.

Statewide, those investments have paved approximately 2,000 lane miles, enough to cross Massachusetts and back at least 5 times; installed 160 miles of sidewalk, almost encircling the Quabbin Reservoir; and rehabilitated or replaced approximately 80 bridges. Projects include installing new safety equipment, optimizing traffic configuration, lane and intersection widening and promoting reduced congestion.

 

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