The Washington St Bridge
Dates to Remember
Mass. Dept. of Transportation's
25% Design Hearing
January 20, 2015 ~ 7:00 PM
Town Hall Auditorium
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Important Notes from MassDOT's Notice of Hearing:
Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer
10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116
Attn: Bridge Project Management, Project File No. 604732
Carrying nearly 19,000 cars per day, the Washington Street Bridge is a state-owned structurally deficient bridge. The reconstruction process for this bridge began in February of 2006, with its project initiation from MassDOT. Reconstruction of this bridge is estimated to cost just over $10 million dollars, funded through a combination of state and federal funds. As this is a state-owned bridge, MassDOT is responsible for the design and construction, as well as acquiring all easements and right-of-way.
Now in its early stages of design, MassDOT and Jacobs Engineering met with various Town and community organizations on many occasions over the past several years:
At that time, MassDOT was considering two different potential construction scenarios with different detour routes, lane closures, construction durations & even final products. While public safety is of primary concern, other concerns & impacts on the community should be noted, thus the outreach to the Downtown business community.
At MassDOT's last meeting with the ITC in August of 2013, the recommendation was that a longer construction time frame that maintained a southbound traffic lane as the most viable option, of those scenarios presented. However, due to the phasing of the utilities, the tight work area, impacts to abutting businesses, and public safety concerns, many issues remained problematic for MassDOT and their engineers.
An excerpt from the Notice of 25% Design Hearing reads:
"... The project also includes new bridge railings & lights, and improvements to the approach roadways. Construction will be completed in four (4) stages. The bridge will be open to traffic and pedestrian passage during stages 1 and 2, closed during stage 3, and closed in the early portion of stage 4, then opened for remainder of stage 4. Detour routes for northbound and southbound traffic, and pedestrian passage will be implemented. Utility work at approaches will require traffic interruptions. Bicycle accommodations consist of a bicycle lane in each direction."
NOTE: This bridge is at least two years away from beginning construction, construction beginning in 2016 at the earliest.
25% Design Hearing