Thursday, January 5, 2012
A walking bridge will be provided for pedestrians, however.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will officially begin its work on the crumbling Rockland Street Bridge beginning Jan. 13, according to a Wellesley Police alert. The bridge will be demolished throughout the week of Jan. 15, and construction of a new bridge will begin immediately. Once closed, motorists will have to use Kingsbury Street as an alternative route, the alert says. MassDOT originally scheduled to close the bridge tomorrow, but pushed the closure back a week, according to a recent alert. Here’s a portion of an earlier alert: Motorists should expect increased traffic in the area of Washington Street at State Street, and Kingsbury Street at Linden Street both in the morning and the evening commutes. There will most …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Police will detour traffic away from the area.
The Rockland Street Bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today due to roadwork. Crews will begin work on the aging bridge, according to at Wellesley Police alert. “The nature and extent of the work will require that the bridge be closed for the day,” the alert said. Mass Department of Transportation (MassDOT) crews will begin restoring the bridge in the coming months, thus it will be sporadically closed to the public. “Eventually, the bridge itself will be closed to all traffic as it will be completely rebuilt and replaced,” the alert said. Police will be on scene diverting traffic. According to the MassDOT website, the new bridge deck will be raised 5.2 inches to provide a 17 foot 9 inch clearance over the railroad tracks. The …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
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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 …
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
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…
Friday, June 3, 2011
Officials and residents from Wellesley, Needham and Newton gathered Wednesday night for a public hearing on the highway improvement project, tentatively set to begin in 2013.
Town officials and residents of Needham and Wellesley heard the latest plans for improving I-95/I-93/Route 128 Wednesday night, including a new interchange at Kendrick Street in Needham, wider lanes and areas designated for pedestrians and bicyclists. Representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and from agencies hired to design the plans held a public hearing at Broadmeadow Elementary School in Needham, soliciting final input about the proposed improvements to I-95/I-93/Route 128 before completing the proposal and moving into the next stage. About 30 people attended the hearing, including town officials from Needham, Wellesley and Newton and several residents. Larry Cash, project manager for MassDOT, said the …
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 …