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Opinion

July 19, 2012

Building new Groveland bridge is quite a project

As part of a new public access TV program called “Groveland Chronicles,” I devoted a portion of the first episode to the building of the new bridge. I had the opportunity to interview Vince DeAngelo, the resident engineer of the project, and his supervisor, David Conroy of the Mass. Department of Transportation. The DOT provides all the necessary supervision, compliance, inspection and payment services for the project. Here are excerpts from the interviews. The first few responses are from DeAngelo; Conroy answered the last two questions.

Q. When was the project initiated and when is it expected to be completed? Who was the contract awarded to and at what cost?

A. The project started in March 2010 and has a scheduled completion date of June 2014. The bid price for the project was $45,151,100.25 and the contract was awarded to Cianbro Corporation of Maine.

Q. Is it true that the project is slightly ahead of schedule because of a mild winter?

A. No, we wouldn’t consider the project ahead of schedule, although we did have a mild winter. In fact, we were probably a little behind schedule due to last year’s very harsh winter. Cianbro, the general contractor for this project, has accelerated their work operations and has worked substantial extra hours through this past winter to get the project back on track( on schedule).

Q. It was very exciting to see some very large beams from Pennsylvania arrive at the site and be installed from the Haverhill side just a few weeks ago. What can we expect for activities for this summer?

A. The remaining girders will be delivered and installed, deck construction will begin, mechanical and electrical assembly will occur for the movable span and some approach work will be done on both ends of the new bridge.

Q. When the bridge is completed, the old one will be dismantled. Will you and DOT still be involved in supervising that phase of the project?

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