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July 9, 2013

Heavy duty bridgework

Port man's expertise will aid in Whittier Bridge demolition


Eventually, there will be two more segmental barges in the water and Chaisson will be busy, up to 12 hours a day, six days week, working on the floating construction platforms. By the end of summer people will be able to tell something massive is underway. Construction is expected to continue well into 2016, state officials have said.

So far, Chaisson has been spared boatloads of questions from family, friends and others asking him how the project is going. But already he has fielded a question from his mother, a question he didn’t have an answer for.

“Mom wanted to know if the bridge would be completed on time,” Chiasson said, with a chuckle.

Lane closures begin due to bridge work

The state Department of Transportation announced this week that lane closures will begin on Interstate 95, as part of the Whittier Bridge reconstruction and highway widening project.

Lane closures will be in the north and southbound directions on the bridge itself and on both sides of I-95 within the project limits. Daytime closures will be limited to single lanes. Nighttime closures may be single or multiple lanes, depending on the location. Lane closures will be during non-peak travel times. The activities and schedule are as follows:

Week of July 8:

Install erosion controls throughout the project area Layout and saw cut pavement for traffic barrier line on interstate at northern end of project area Prepare staging area on Spring Lane Mobilize equipment for Whittier Bridge Pier 3 construction, the northern most bridge pier on the Amesbury side of the Merrimack River

Week of July 15: Begin removing trees and shrubs in right-of-way Continue saw cutting for traffic barrier Begin installing Pier 3 cofferdams

Week of July 22:

Start installing temporary traffic barrier on interstate at northern end of project area.

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