Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Our latest installment of You Ask, Patch Answers takes a look at one of the town's latest architectural projects.
Every week we set out to answer a question submitted by one of our readers as part of our You Ask...Patch Answers feature. This week, we're turning our attention to a question focused one of Wayland's newest construction projects: What's the story behind the Pelham Island Bridge plaques? The new two-lane bridge opened to vehicle and pedestrian traffic in December 2012. When it did, it featured three slate plaques. One, installed on the north railing of the bridge, features the name Lewis S. Russell Jr. Town Planner Sarkis Sarkisian said that Russell helped move the bridge project forward by giving the town the land it needed for the construction. Sarkisian explained that a piece of private property, owned by Russell, was necessary space …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Crews are putting finishing touches on the bridge that opened to two-way traffic last December.
The prime weather on Tuesday allowed crews to complete their paving work on the Pelham Island Road bridge as scheduled. According to Pelham Island resident Gary Slep, crews have decided to move the painting of lines on the road to Thursday. That means the bridge will be closed to traffic, weather permitting, from about 7 a.m.-5 p.m. today, April 18. It will be open to traffic, however, on Friday, which was originally scheduled to be the painting day.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Plan your travel accordingly as the Pelham Island Bridge will be closed during certain periods this week.
The new, two-lane Pelham Island Road Bridge opened last December just in time for Santa to cross the Sudbury River on his annual ride through town. Contractors worked to open the bridge before the worst of the winter weather isolated residents of Pelham Island, and succeeded in doing just that. Still, there are some final housekeeping items that need to be completed, and those will lead to some closures of the bridge this week. According to Gary Slep, a resident who has kept tabs on the bridge construction project, crews need to complete paving work on the bridge. On Tuesday, April 16, the contractor plans to close the bridge from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (at the latest), according to Slep. Assuming the weather cooperates, paving will be completed…
Monday, January 7, 2013
The new, two-lane bridge opened to traffic at the end of December.
Pelham Island resident Gary Slep has provided updates on the bridge project since it began in spring 2012. He concludes his updates with the following announcement that the bridge has reopened. Work on the Pelham Island Bridge over the Sudbury River ended Dec. 28. The bridge replacement project, which began in earnest in the spring of 2012, followed by a road closure that began on June 20, is basically finished. A few minor operations remain which will require a few hours of road closure early in 2013 to complete Verizon and Comcast cable relocations and the removal of three temporary utility poles. In the spring of 2013 the contractor will return to put down the final layer of asphalt and fix any landscaping damage along the river banks. …
Friday, December 21, 2012
In this season of merriment, it seems only fitting that Santa Claus be the first person to cross the new Pelham Island Road bridge.
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Friday, December 21, 2012
The update below was provided by Pelham Island resident Gary Slep. Forget the end of the world predictions for tomorrow as the Mayan calendar ends Friday. Forget the local weather predictions of heavy downpours. Santa is coming Friday the 21st of December to our Pelham Island neighborhood, as he has for years. The gates on the bridge will be open to the jolly elf; and the children will have another once-in-a-year opportunity to see Santa before Christmas, right here in our neighborhood. More good news: The temporary bridge holding the gas line and the water main is ready for removal; and, rather than wait for spring, and another week-long bridge closure, the contractor and the town have decided that the quiet Christmas week – no school …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
We've heard questions about when the bridge will reopen ... and we have the latest.
In our "You Ask, Patch Answers" column, we track down answers to the questions you email us, post on our Facebook page, or even ask in person when you spot Patch out an about in town. Here's the latest question: Any idea when the Pelham Island Bridge will reopen? Pelham Island resident Gary Slep has been keeping both his neighbors and the media up to date on the bridge's progress. According to Slep, the latest estimate is opening the bridge on our about Dec. 22. Here's Slep's update in full: Work is proceeding on the Sudbury River bridge on Pelham Island Road for a planned December opening – on or about Dec. 22. The base and binder layers of asphalt have been laid and rolled, and are ready for traffic. The finish layer will be postponed …
Monday, November 19, 2012
The original estimates were mid- to late November ...
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Monday, November 19, 2012
Pelham Island resident Gary Slep has been providing updates on the bridge project to neighbors and media. He provided the information below. The [attached] picture says it all. It’s the first of three asphalt layers, and the thickest of them. The middle layer of asphalt, the binder layer, will be done shortly; the final coat may have to wait until spring. The raised, unpaved strip on the left in the photo is the sidewalk, which will be poured soon, maybe Thanksgiving week. Some of you are still concerned about when the bridge will actually be opened to traffic. In short, I do not know. The contractor is trying to get most of the work done this fall before opening the bridge. If the work cannot proceed due to circumstances beyond its …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Pelham Island resident Gary Slep has been keeping his neighbors and the media up to date on the bridge project progress.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Gary Slep provided the update below: Based on conversations with the contractor today [Monday, Oct. 22], the bridge remains on schedule. Today they finished pouring the final sections of the side rails (the Texas Rail). All 14 sections are now poured and curing. Later this week the plan calls for NSTAR to install the three permanent utility poles on the upstream (SE) side of Pelham Island Road, two to the NE and one to the SW. After they are installed, NSTAR can move its distribution lines to the new poles. Then Comcast, Verizon, and the Wayland Fire Dept. can move their cables and wires back to the SE side of the road where they were before this project. On Monday of next week the contractor will finish removing the remaining forms …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Wayland's newest bridge has definitely taken shape over the Sudbury River.
Pelham Island resident Gary Slep has spent the past several months keeping his neighbors up to date on the progress of the bridge over the Sudbury River. Slep's latest images show that the one-lane "temporary" bridge of the past is a distant memory and a new, architecturally lovely arched bridge has taken its place. The contractor on the project has been working toward a goal of reopening the bridge in late November. Slep said in his latest report that there "really is a light at the end of this 'tunnel.'" Slep said that he expects utility and road work to continue this month.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Most of the sections arrived earlier this week, but a few more are expected to travel through Wayland and Sudbury Friday.
The Pelham Island Road bridge over the Sudbury River is taking shape. Getting it to this point, however, has required quite a lot of work as well as some significant transportation issues as enormous concrete sections of the bridge traveled through Wayland on the way to the construction site. According Pelham Island resident Gary Slep, the last three bridge sections are expected to arrive Friday, with two coming through Wayland and the third arriving on the Sudbury-facing side of the river. The area behind Whole Foods in Wayland will be busy today, so avoid it if at all possible. Check out some of the images submitted by Slep.