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For Immediate Release: 08/18/2014
CONTACT: MassDOT Press Office: 857-368-8500

Berkley Padelford Street Bridge Reopening in Time for the Start of the School Year

Berkley – Monday, August 18, 2014 – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced the re-opening of the Padelford Street Bridge over Route 24 in Berkley.

“MassDOT is pleased that we were able to not only replace the structurally deficient bridge at Padelford Street over Route 24, but that we were able to enhance this structure with improvements to account for vehicular and non-vehicular travel,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator, Frank DePaola.  “The bridge is now both economical to maintain and provides acceptable bicycle and pedestrian accommodations in accordance with current standards which maximizes its transportation use.”

The bridge replacement was a fast track “Design Build” project which used rapid construction techniques to replace the bridge structure which allowed for a near four week roadway closure to minimize temporary environmental and vehicular impacts during construction.

“The reopening of the Padelford Street Bridge is great news for our region,” Senator Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton) said. “I applaud MassDOT for making timely upgrades to the bridge that will allow residents to cross the bridge safely by car, by bike or on foot.”

Work on the bridge included replacement of the existing four span steel beam bridge with a two span steel beam bridge on the alignment of the 1964 bridge. The bridge now provides one vehicular travel lane in each direction along with a six and a half foot sidewalk on the north side and five foot shoulders located along both sides of the roadway to accommodate for bicycle and pedestrian travel. The roadway maximizes the available vertical clearance over the state highway.

"Berkley residents are happy to have this much needed repair finished and I am thrilled that this bridge project has moved so quickly,” stated Representative Keiko Orrall. “It is ready for the start of school just as DOT promised."

Final utility relocations and the resurfacing of Route 24 will be completed over the next two weeks. The cost of the project is $5,657,460.00.

In 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) was created to unify the state’s various transportation agencies. MassDOT now includes the Highway Division, the MBTA and Rail Transit Division, the Aeronautics Division, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles.  MassDOT is committed to providing a safe and reliable transportation system to all those who travel in the Commonwealth and works to deliver excellent customer service. MassDOT has been nationally recognized for its innovative approach to transportation, including the Accelerated Bridge Program, the “Where’s My Bus and Train?” apps and “Fast 14” work.  For more information, visit MassDOT at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot  blog: http://blog.mass.gov/transportation/, or follow MassDOT on twitter at https://twitter.com/MassDOT and Facebook at www.facebook.com/massdotinfo.

  

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