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Rockland Street Bridge Closes Friday

This marks the second time the start date of the MassDOT project has been pushed back.

According to Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Rockland Street Bridge will close for demolition and re-construction Friday Jan. 27, marking the second time the construction start date has been pushed back this month. The original bridge closing date was Jan. 6. It was then

MassDOT spokesman Michael Verseckes said the second pushback was in part due to a problem with some of the utilities. MassDOT also wanted to make sure relevant town bodies had ample time to prepare for the closing.

“I think our wires got crossed with some of the folks in town,” he said. “We just wanted to make sure every body had enough notice and there wasn’t a surprise bridge closing.”

Verseckes said he does not anticipate further pushbacks of the closing date.

The projects end date – September 2012 – will remain on target for now, Verseckes said, though he said that date could shift due to weather.

MassDOT released a statement and detour map. There will also be a footbridge completed and in place for the duration of the closure, according to MassDOT.

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