Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Summer traffic and high temperatures haven’t stopped progress on the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge over the Annisquam River. Even though the four lanes of the bridge are often completely open to vehicles, continuing work has brought the project to 82% of completion.
Please click "Read more" to view the latest update from the Highway Division of MassDOT (formerly known as MassHighway). Below is a photo of the bridge structure.
Ongoing substructure repairs at the base of existing piers. The tubing and hose extending from above is being used to pump cement concrete down to the work area from the roadway above.
Project Bridge Preservation: Route 128 over the Annisquam River
Status 82% complete
Description The work involves the removal and replacement of the wearing surface of the bridge deck along with rehabilitation of the superstructure and portions of the substructure on Bridge No. G-05-017 carrying Route 128 over the Annisquam River in Gloucester. The project will also include replacement of the sidewalks along with significant structural repairs and painting portions of the superstructure. A new wearing surface will be placed on the bridge along with a new median barrier. The existing bridge railing will be refurbished and a suicide deterrent safety screen will be erected along the sidewalk. SPS New England, Inc. is completing the work.
Current Project Status – All travel lanes are open to traffic, with the exception of temporary lane closures during non peak hours on weekdays to facilitate ongoing work below the bridge deck. The Contractor is continuing to work on masonry repairs/rehabilitation and structural steel repairs below the bridge. The Contractor is also sand blasting and painting the structural steel on the underside of the bridge. The project continues to work extended hours and on weekends, as needed, to maintain the current schedule of operations.
Note: Additional project information and history can be found by visiting MassDOT’s website at: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us and clicking on the Projects tab, then selecting “Current Road and Bridge Projects” and after entering the City of Gloucester, select Project No. 604797.