AMESBURY — A busy section of Route 110, a vital link connecting the city to Interstate 95 and Salisbury, will be closed overnight for almost a week starting Sunday to allow work crews space to demolish a portion of a highway bridge at the Amesbury/Salisbury line.
Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials announced that beginning Sunday and ending March 7, Route 110 will be closed to traffic along a half-mile stretch at its intersection with I-95 each night from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning. Specifically, Route 110 will be closed between the Clarks Road/Elm Street intersection in Amesbury and the Merrill Street/Rabbit Road intersection in Salisbury. With motorists seeking alternative routes it will likely result in increased traffic in other areas of not only Amesbury and Salisbury but Newburyport as well, according to police.
The detour is necessary to demolish the existing bridge barrier and construct new portions of the bridge deck to widen it toward the median. The widening will accommodate future traffic shifts needed for construction staging, according to MassDOT.
On an average day, approximately 19,216 vehicles travel along Route 110. Of those, 10,198 travel eastbound and approximately 9,018 travel westbound, according to MassDOT spokesman Michael Verseckes, who added that Amesbury police will be handling traffic detours during the operation.
Salisbury police Chief Thomas Fowler predicted that the closures would result in increased traffic around the plains area of town near Main Street and across the Hines Bridge, which links Amesbury to Newburyport via the Chain Bridge.
“It may pose a challenge to people who want to get around, but hopefully being off-peak hours, it won’t be too bad,” Fowler said.
Fowler and Amesbury police Lt. Jeffrey Worthen said that the closures would not affect mutual aid agreements between the towns, but Worthen said it might take Amesbury units a little longer getting to Salisbury and vice versa.