BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION: I-495 bridge in Mass., OK’d for replacement after pothole causes traffic headaches

Aug. 9, 2016

The bridge crossing the Merrimack River runs just south of the Route 113/100 interchange

The I-495 bridge that crosses the Merrimack River just south of the Route 113/110 interchange and which caused a traffic nightmare last week when a pothole developed is set to be replaced.

Mayor James Fiorentini said the state will be replacing the bridge in fiscal 2017. The bridge has been the site of numerous accidents over the past several years caused by loose and deteriorating deck material.

“This is what is called an advance construction project,” Fiorentini said. “They are replacing both of the bridges (north and southbound) over I-495, and will replace [them] with a new bridge. This project is 80% funded by the federal government and 20% by the state.”

Last week, thousands of Haverhill area residents along with other commuters were inconvenienced when a major pothole developed in one of the I-495 bridges going over the Merrimack River.

Details of the planned replacement project are available on the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission's website.

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