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MassDOT awards contract for bridge replacement

A US$20m contract to replace Raynham Bridge while minimising disruption to travelers has been approved by Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

SPS New England was the best-value bidder for the project to replace the bridge, which carries vehicles on Route 44 over Route 24 in Raynham. Crews will be using a ‘partial bridge slide’, where a section of the new bridge is constructed to the side of the existing bridge and then slid laterally into place. This method of construction ensures that traffic can continue to flow across the old bridge while crews are building its replacement. The sliding of the new bridge will take place over one weekend night in next year.

The full scope of work for this project includes replacing the existing structurally deficient bridge,  replacing the on-ramp that carries traffic from Route 24 south to Route 44 east, adding new traffic signals, reconstructing a section of Route 44, and providing new pedestrian and bicycle accommodations such as bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and crosswalks.

The project is currently expected to be completed by the summer of 2021 and has been planned to accommodate the needs of the traveling public and local community. The bridge is being built in multiple stages in order to minimize impacts, including minimizing lane closures.

The new bridge will be wider than the existing bridge and will accommodate two travel lanes plus an auxiliary lane in each direction. Shoulder and bicycle lines will be added in each direction of travel, along with sidewalks and a median to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety.



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This article was published on 13 Feb 2018 (last updated on 13 Feb 2018).

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