Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Massachusetts Department of Transportation released a statement today.
Over the weekend the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) quickly completed the construction and replacement of the Cedar Street Bridge. Today, MassDOT released a statement referring to this type of quick-result construction as the primary method which it will use going forward. The statement makes a contrasting reference to the inconvenience Wellesley drivers had to endure for years regarding the Route 16/9 overpass situation. Here is the statement in its entirety: The Cedar Street bridge project is part of what we call our “new normal” at MassDOT. We’re trying to get projects done with more efficiency and greater speed, while minimizing impacts to local traffic and inconvenience to our customers. I am sure that the people…
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
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The Cedar Street Bridge was replaced over the course of one weekend after a two-month lead up. The MassDOT project, called a “heavy lift” because construction and replacement involved building a new bridge next to the old one and lifting it onto Cedar Street,” was a first for Wellesley and there will be similar bridge lifts in Massachusetts in the coming months. The Swellesley Report today acknowledged that the Rockland Street Bridge is next on the list of bridge projects for Wellesley. Swellesley notes the bridge is in dire need of work. There are potholes, a very sharp right turn from Linden Street and the bridge is too narrow. The MassDOT provides a list of projects in place, but what other roadways in town require work?
Columnist Deb Robi offers her insight into the Cedar Street Bridge Replacement project.
Greetings from Wellesley! Wish you were here. We spent the long holiday weekend watching a bridge being built in the summer sunshine. While most of our town was emptied of residents for the weekend, road construction crews were busy. The people who run the state's division of transportation said that it could be done: construction crews would replace an aging bridge over Route 9 in Wellesley, using pre-fabricated bridge construction techniques, in a weekend. One weekend! In what the state department describes as an "incredible feat," our town got a new bridge in just about 72 hours, without a glitch. After watching the Route 9/Route 16 bridge replacement project drag on for years for its eventual completion, like many other residents, I …
It's starting to feel a bit like summer.
1. After a sweltering July 4th weekend, which gave us temperatures near 90 degrees, it feels like summer has truly arrived. 2. Let’s hope it sticks around for a while. The National Weather Service says it will, at least for today. Temperatures will top out at 88 degrees. 3. The brand new Cedar Street Bridge is in place. Though construction in the area was expected to be complete by 10 p.m. yesterday, the bridge was in place and the detours were lifted by noon. 4. The Board of Selectmen will not meet tonight. The board will meet again July 18. 5. You’ve seen our Questions of the Day; Wellesley Patch would like you do more than just answer them. If you’ve been ruminating on any issue pertaining to Wellesley e-mail the editor …
Monday, July 4, 2011
Work on the Cedar Street Bridge finished ahead of schedule.
Roads are open at the intersection of Route 9 and Cedar Street, according to police. The Wellesley Police Department issued a statement at 12:18 p.m. announcing that work on the Cedar Street Bridge is complete. Route 9 was closed in both directions at Cedar Street this weekend as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation replaced the old bridge. Detours were going to stay in place until 10 p.m. Monday, but the work finished ahead of schedule. Editor's note: Thank you "matredsoxfan" for providing photos via your announcement.
Friday, July 1, 2011
This is the final phase of the Cedar Street Bridge Replacement project.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will closing a portion of Route 9 at Cedar Street tonight at 10 p.m. as the final phase of demolition work on the Cedar Street Bridge begins. The Cedar Street Bridge Replacement Project, which has involved rebuilding the old bridge in a matter of four months, will be completed Monday, July 4. The detours will remain in place until Monday at 10 p.m. These are the specific detours and accommodations being made, according to MassDOT: The following detours will be in place from Friday, July 1, 2011 at 10 PM to Monday, July 4, 2011 at 10 PM: Route 9 Detour Westbound traffic will be routed onto the exit ramp off Route 9, cross Cedar Street and take the entrance ramp back onto Route 9 just …
Happy almost birthday, America!
1. There will be detours where Cedar Street meets Route 9 beginning tonight at 10 p.m. We'll have a full map and diagrams posted this morning, courtesy of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. 2. Also posted later this morning: Places to go to watch fireworks this weekend! Wellesley doesn’t have a display, but Needham and other surrounding towns do. We’ll tell you where at around 11 a.m. today. 3. And the weather should hold up through the weekend. There’s a small chance of thunderstorms today (but in summer, when isn’t there?), according to the National Weather Service. The high temperature is set at 79 degrees. 4. We want bloggers, and freelancer writers. If you’re interested in either, e-mail the editor today! 5…
Monday, June 13, 2011
Wellesley Police say the work will last likely for the next two weeks.
Work will begin tonight on the Cedar Street Bridge project, according to a Wellesley Police Alert issued this morning. The work will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day for all of this week and possibly the next and will focus on the off ramps and approaches to the bridge itself, according to the alert. “Citizens traveling on both Route 9 and Cedar Street during the evening and early morning hours should expect traffic delays approaching the area,” the alert said. “While traffic volume is usually light during these hours, there may be some backup on the east and westbound sides of Route 9. Please plan accordingly and expect some delays.” There will be several Wellesley Police officers on the scene during construction to direct …
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The Governor and Wellesley’s state representative visited the site this afternoon.
Gov. Deval Patrick stood in the rain alongside Mass Department of Transportation (MassDOT) workers staring at the nearly complete mass of construction that hangs near Cedar Street. Patrick, along with Rep. Alice Peisch of Wellesley, Wellesley Selectman Ellen Gibbs and the MassDOT crew, were on hand to view the final stages of the innovative Cedar Street Replacement Bridge Project. Frank DePaola, acting highway administrator for MassDOT, explained in front of a throng of media presence and other onlookers, the new bridge is being built beside the structurally deficient Route 9-Cedar Street overpass, and will be slid into place over the course of July 4th weekend. “It’s a quicker way to deliver it, it’s more efficient, and it’s actually …