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Major work on Williamstown's Main St. bridge now underway

Jun 29, 2022 5:30 am

Scott Stafford is reporting for The Berkshire Eagle work on the Main Street bridge in Williamstown, Mass. has begun, affecting the flow of traffic on Route 2. Crews have shifted the lanes to allow for work on the southern side of the span, where support structures are in place. According to information from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the project calls for the removal of the existing bridge’s superstructure and substructure. Work will continue into May 2026. The bridge, that crosses the Green River, will be replaced in stages, in an effort to maintain two lanes of travel as much as possible. The road will likely be closed five times during construction for 24 hours or less at a time, and traffic detoured over Cole Avenue to allow for the erection of bridge beams and the initial curing of the concrete deck. The plan is a complicated total replacement project including bridge reconstruction, roadway reconstruction, drainage modifications, pavement markings, landscaping and other tasks. Mass DOT spokesperson Judith Reardon Riley said a temporary pedestrian bridge will be installed on the south side of the span to ensure that pedestrians can continue to cross during construction. Northern Construction is the main contractor. The bid price for the project was $5.2 million. Read the full story in The Berkshire Eagle.