EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 17, 2014

Overnight closures of Route 110 to continue

By Jim Sullivan
Staff Writer

---- — AMESBURY — Drivers looking to traverse Route 110 during the overnight hours may need to bring their patience along with their GPS this week as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is extending their overnight detour.

As was the case this past week, a half-mile stretch at the Interstate 95 intersection will be closed at night, throughout this coming week.

“(The Massachusetts Department of Transportation) anticipates active construction to be ongoing through the spring and summer season,” Mass DOT Press Secretary Sara Lavoie said. “There will be additional work in several areas along the project corridor, and there will be construction-related traffic modifications made, such as lane restrictions and closures.”

The detour will begin Sunday night and will effect Route 110 eastbound and westbound around Amesbury’s I-95 interchange. Running from 9 p.m. to 5 am all week until Friday, March 21, the detour will to continue to assist in the partial demolition of the I-95 bridge to remove the existing bridge barrier and construct new portions of the bridge deck to widen it toward the median over Route 110. The widening will also accommodate future traffic shifts needed for construction staging.

Route 110 will be closed to traffic between Clarks Road/Elm Street and Merrill Street/Rabbit Road.

Eastbound traffic will be detoured using I-95 southbound to Exit 57 (Route 113) to reach I-95 northbound and Exit 58A for Route 110 eastbound. Westbound traffic will be detoured using I-95 northbound to Exit 60 (Route 286) to reach I-95 southbound and Exit 58 for Route 110 westbound. In addition to the Route 110 closure, the two left lanes of I-95 north and southbound at the bridge will be closed to accommodate the work. The I-95 lane closures will begin at 8pm and continue throughout the night.

“Mass DOT encourages travelers to visit our website for updates,” Lavoie said. “And plan for additional travel time when driving through construction zones.”

The $292 million I-95 design-build project will replace the existing six-lane bridge over the Merrimack River that was built in 1951, with a new structure that includes eight vehicle lanes and a shared-use path for bicycle and pedestrian use. The project is also one of five “mega” projects in the historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges.