CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - State Representative Joseph. F. Wagner and State Senator James T. Welch announced Wednesday that the reconstruction of the William F. Davitt Bridge is almost completed and is expected to be open to traffic no later than July 27, 2013.
The project will be completed thirteen months ahead of schedule.
Rep. Wagner said, "This new and modern structure will help to improve access to businesses in Chicopee Center. The completion of this major artery serves as the latest example of the Commonwealth's commitment to improving Chicopee's infrastructure."
"I'm excited to see the upcoming completion of this project," said Sen. Welch. "We appreciate the continued support from the state for our local infrastructure projects, which help to modernize and secure our bridges and roadways."
Only 83 percent of the project is complete.
Remaining work includes:
- Setting curb
- Sidewalk and railing installation
- Removing the temporary pedestrian bridge
- Overlaying bituminous black top
- Completing approach work on each side of the bridge
A $500,000 amendment to the contract was added to allow for acceleration of the project, which was used to extend work hours, resulting in the early completion.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Highway Division awarded the contract for the William F. Davitt Bridge project to Northern Construction Service, LLC of Weymouth, MA in September of 2011.
The $8.2 million dollar project began construction in May of 2012. The scope of the reconstruction included the existing concrete arch supports being replaced with a steel girder superstructure on new concrete piers.