NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

July 27, 2010

Whittier Bridge project update set for Aug. 12


The public is invited to attend an informational meeting on the Whittier Bridge improvement project on Thursday, Aug. 12.

The meeting will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Senior Center on Lafayette Road in Salisbury. The state Department of Transportation Highway Division will lead the meeting.

The public will be presented with an update on the environmental analyses for the highway widening and bridge river crossing alternatives that are being evaluated as part of the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment process.

Following the presentation, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation staff will lead a discussion to answer questions and gather public comment on the alternatives.

The Whittier Bridge/Interstate 95 Improvement Project involves as its centerpiece the replacement of the Whittier Bridge over the Merrimack River. It is one of the most significant projects to be undertaken by MassDOT under the commonwealth's $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program. The completed project will result in four travel lanes, a shoulder adjacent to the high-speed travel lane and a breakdown lane in each direction along the length of the project corridor. The project will improve safety and reduce congestion with additional I-95 lane capacity. The project also includes the replacement or reconstruction of four adjacent bridges along I-95 in Amesbury and Newburyport.

For more information, contact Mike O'Dowd, MassDOT Highway Division project manager, at 617-973-7475. To be added to the project e-mail or US mail distribution lists, contact Stephanie Boundy, public outreach coordinator for MassDOT's Accelerated Bridge Program, by phone at 617-973-8049 or by e-mail at Stephanie.Boundy@state.ma.us.