Friday, April 11, 2008

Congress St. Bridge Opening April 28th

From the Metro:
Congress St. Bridge set to open April 28

BOSTON. The Congress Street Bridge, which has undergone major rehabilitation work for three years, is slated to reopen to traffic later this month after several delays.

The bridge, one of the financial district’s chief passageways to the South Boston Waterfront, will open to drivers on April 28. Crews will then finish the remainder of the work by the end of July, according to Executive Office of Transportation spokesman Adam Hurtubise.

The cost to fix the bridge has spiked more than $2.5 million since work began in 2004, when the project was pegged at $16.3 million. The work is now estimated to cost nearly $19 million. Over this last stretch of maintenance, workers have been replacing the main deck, completing extensive sidewalk repairs and cleaning and repainting the bridge.

Last year, a state transportation official attributed the delays and increase in cost to the bridge’s conditions being “worse than expected.”

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