Winthrop Ave. Bridge Project Starts in May

State highway officials have given the go-ahead to proceed on the State Road/Winthrop Avenue bridge replacement project – a $5.27 million project that will go at breakneck speed all summer long.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Verseckes told the Journal that SPS New England has won the contract and will use accelerated construction techniques under the state’s new Accelerated Bridge Program.

Work on the bridge replacement will start in early May, but heavier construction that will disrupt traffic will not start until June – just as the Beach season traffic picks up.

“The project involves replacing the steel superstructure and bridge deck along with modifying the abutments and pier,” wrote Verseckes in an e-mail. “Accelerated Construction Techniques will be employed using prefabricated bridge components – concrete deck on steel superstructure elements and concrete pier and abutment caps in order to allow the existing bridge to be demolished and replaced in sequential phases during four planned weekend MBTA track outages.”

Right now, those weekend outages for the Blue Line are tentatively July 7th, Aug. 4th, Sept. 29th and Oct. 6th. The dates could very well change, though.

The majority of that work will wrap up by the end of October with remaining work items, such as landscaping to occur, the following spring.

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