Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Massive tractor trailers carrying pieces of bridge for the Pelham Island Road project will be transported via Route 20 this afternoon.
Several 80-foot long tractor trailer loads of bridge pieces for the Pelham Island Road bridge are expected to be delivered via Route 20 (Boston Post Road) this afternoon. Wayland police are expecting the deliveries to take place between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and said they do not expect significant traffic delays. Still, an update from Pelham Island resident Gary Slep recommends residents avoid using Pelham Island Road during the scheduled deliveries. Slep said the contractor is expecting 13-15 deliveries total, two of which will occur later in the week and are expected to be delivered via the Sudbury side. Some of the deliveries are expected to be 80 feet long and 13 feet wide, Slep said. The Pelham Island Road bridge project remains on target…
Monday, July 9, 2012
Work continues on Wayland's Pelham Island Road bridge.
As contractors continue to replace the Pelham Island Road bridge over the Sudbury River, visitors are being asked to keep their distance for safety reasons. A recent update from Pelham Island resident Gary Slep said that heavy equipment and trucks working on the bridge create an unsafe environment for visitors. Slep will continue to provide updates to residents of the area, and Patch will re-publish Slep's updates periodically for the general public. Currently the plan remains to replace the one-way bridge with a two-lane version that will open by November. Editor's Note: The photo credit was incorrectly listed in the originally and has been changed to reflect the correct credit.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
After months of planning, the bridge will close for replacement on Wednesday.
The bridge over the Sudbury River on Pelham Island Road will at last close to through traffic on Wednesday, June 20 to allow for a replacement bridge to be constructed. Prepartory work began in February as crews constructed temporary structures to carry utilities over the river during construction. The bridge was originally scheduled to close in late February, but delays in the utility construction project led to the delay in closing the bridge. According to Pelham Island resident Gary Slep, who has been providing updates about the construction, contractors still expect to reopen the bridge in November, before the snow and ice season. While the bridge is closed access to Pelham Island will occur via Landham Road in Sudbury. In addition, …
Friday, June 1, 2012
This update was provided by Pelham Island resident Gary Slep.
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Friday, June 1, 2012
The old bridge spanning the Sudbury River on Pelham Island Road is expected to remain open until June 18, about two months later than originally planned. According to this update from Pelham Island resident Gary Slep, the new bridge is still expected to open before winter. Slep's complete update is below: When the Pelham Island bridge project started about one dozen years ago, the state prepared contractual documents for an 18 month construction period, and they retained that period over several bid preparation periods. Islanders were not happy with a project that would take out our small bridge for 1 1/2 years. Fortunately, the current contract is far more reasonable. Now I know some of you are concerned that the bridge may be out this …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Officials have pushed back the bridge closure date, but still intend to complete construction by November.
Pelham Island resident Gary Slep said in his recent Pelham Island Road bridge update that it appears the bridge will remain open throughout the rest of May. "Although we do not have firm dates yet on the forthcoming bridge work, all sources indicate that the bridge is likely to remain open through the end of May," Slep writes in his email update. "My best forecast is for closure on or about Friday, June 1 or Monday, June 4." According to Slep, the delay is due to utility work taking longer than expected and is specifically related to the placement of one of three new utility poles. Slep said in the email that, while the Sudbury River is "relatively low," it remains high enough to cause water problems at the site of the new pole. To …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Resident Gary Slep has been keeping residents and area officials updated on the project.
Construction on the Pelham Island Road bridge over the Sudbury River began in March and is expected to continue throughout much of the year. Resident Gary Slep has been providing periodic updates to other residents, town officials and media regarding the construction. According to his most recent update, construction is about three weeks behind in spite of excellent weather and low water conditions for the Sudbury River. The bridge closed briefly in March to allow for a temporary bridge to be built that will carry utilities across the river when the main traffic bridge is demolished to make way for the permanent traffic bridge later this year. Once that utility bridge was completed, the main traffic bridge reopened and remains open at this…
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Residents should prepare for water to be off most of the day.
Contractor Michael Brooks has informed town officials that construction crews are tentatively scheduled to temporarily cut water service Monday to about 65 residents affected by the Pelham Island Road bridge project. The Pelham Island Road bridge over the Sudbury River was closed Feb. 27, 2012, to allow crews to construct a temporary bridge over the river that will carry utlities while the traffic bridge is replaced over the coming months. In order to complete the transfer of utilities to the temporary bridge, crews need to cut water service. Residents can expect the outage to last from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, March 12. Crews will deliver door-to-door notices of the service interruption.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The bridge remains closed to traffic.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The update below was provided by Pelham Island resident Gary Slep. Work is proceeding on the Pelham Island Bridge at a good pace. The contractor is in the process of inserting four, 66-foot H-beam pilings into the ground just downstream of the existing bridge to temporarily support the water main and the gas line in preparation for the bridge being replaced. The contractor is using a large crane to insert the steel pilings, which are vibrated into position. Two of the pilings are now in place, reaching down to bedrock. Two concrete foundations have also been poured at the crossing points on both river banks. The process is being overseen by MassDOT District 3 personnel stationed in Worcester.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Pelham Island resident Gary Slep provided this update.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Gary Slep, a Pelham Island resident, will be providing periodic updates on the Pelham Island Road bridge construction project. Below is his latest. New information was released today by the contractor regarding the bridge project: 1. Initial bridge closing: No change -- still Monday Feb. 27, at 7 a.m. Four pilings and two temporary abutments will be built next week. 2. Bridge temporary reopening: No change -- still March 16, but footnoted that the proposed reopening date is an estimated date and will depend on several factors, including National Grid’s completion of work on the gas main that needs to be relocated to allow for construction of the bridge, the condition of the river (no flooding is anticipated), and unforeseen situations/…
Saturday, January 28, 2012
The bridge will close next month.
State Department of Transportation officials have confirmed that the Pelham Island Road bridge will close to traffic on Feb. 27 to begin reconstruction. Detour signs will be posted Feb. 21. Once the bridge closes, the contractor will begin work on a temporary bridge to carry utilities across the river for the duration of the project. This bridge will not be for traffic of any kind. The contractor estimates completeing the utility bridge on or about March 16, and, at that point, will reopen the Pelham Island Road bridge to traffic temporarily. Construction on the bridge itself is expected to begin on or about May 1, and the roadway will then be closed again. The project schedule calls for the new bridge to be in place by November of this …