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MASSDOT Says Work To Resume on Wickford Bridge

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is overseeing the $7 million bridge repair project, that has seen delay after delay. The bridge was closed on March 18 in 2013 and was originally only to have closed for 4 months.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is overseeing the $7 million bridge repair project, that has seen delay after delay. The bridge was closed on March 18 in 2013 and was originally only to have closed for 4 months.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is overseeing the $7 million bridge repair project, that has seen delay after delay. The bridge was closed on March 18 in 2013 and was originally only to have closed for 4 months.
Work will resume - finally - on the Wickford Bridge starting Monday.

Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin, said he was informed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Framingham legislative delegation work would resume Monday, May 12.

Halpin said he was told once work resumes, the project should be completed between 6 to 8 weeks. "I'm hoping the six weeks," said Halpin to Framingham Patch Tuesday.

MassDOT is overseeing the $7 million bridge repair project, that has seen delay after delay. The bridge was closed on March 18 in 2013.

MassDOT reasons for the stalled completion of the bridge ranged in 2013 from delays in construction of the the steel bridge beams to the asphalt plants closing in December for the season to weather issues.

Originally, the bridge was only to have been closed for 4 months. 

Last month, Framingham Selectmen Chair Charlie Sisitsky told his fellow board members he has been reading emails that indicate the state and the contractor are having issues; and thus no work has begun on the Saxonville bridge yet this spring.


Bad news for Saxonville, once the Wickford Bridge is completed, the Central Street Bridge repairs are expected to start.

MASSDOT has re-bid the Central Street project, after having issues with the contractor on the Wickford Bridge.

In February, Framingham Town Engineer William Sedewitz said MassDOT plans to close the Central Street bridge "likely in April 2014" and it is "not scheduled to re-open until June 2015."  

The delay in the Wickford bridge completion, meant a delay in the closing of the Central Street bridge.

"It is 14-month construction schedule," said the town engineer of the Central Street bridge project.

Marla McNulty May 07, 2014 at 02:57 PM
End of last season they said all they had left to do was pave and they couldn't do that because the asphault plants were already closed. So why the 8 weeks?
-M May 07, 2014 at 03:15 PM
@Maria - Drive by and you will see it's a little more than asphalt. They say that to give us the warm and fuzzy.
Marla McNulty May 12, 2014 at 08:25 AM
-M I know that just wandering what the point of the deception is. We can all clearly see it is not ready, What is really going on?
FHS Mom May 14, 2014 at 06:26 AM
My money is on contractor is bankrupt, can't pay his bills and his suppliers have shut him off.

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