Update on Rockland Street bridge in Wellesley

Temp Rockland Bridge Wellesley MA JanuaryReaders have been asking about the lack of activity at the Rockland Street bridge construction site. Here’s the latest word from Michael Verseckes at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation:

“[T]he contractor encountered differing site conditions at both of the bridge’s abutments in February. 

From February 2012 to June 2012, MassDOT redesigned the abutments, the contractor submitted a cost and schedule proposal, and MassDOT reviewed the contractor’s schedule.  The agency and the contractor continue to negotiate details of the extra work; however, we have progressed to a point where the contractor will be mobilizing equipment  to the site during the week ending June 29, 2012.  Final cost and schedule impacts are under negotiation and remain to be determined.

Upon final approval of the remaining technical submittals caused by the change (expected by end of June) and the availability of railroad flaggers, demolition will begin in mid-July.   Work will proceed continuously at the project site until completion.”

The project, initially estimated to cost $1.6 million, will probably wind up costing more than that. And an original estimate for a September finish is also looking unlikely with the additional delays.

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