Bridge Street Closure
Lanesborough, MA March 23 - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT), Highway Division, has ordered the Bridge Street bridge closed as at 9am this morning based on an inspection conducted yesterday March 23, which identified further structural issues and holes.
The DOT have advised us that they expect Bridge Street closure to continue until 2025, and will cost an estimated $2.9 million to the State. The DOT has confirmed that the design for the replacement of the bridge is nearly finished, however there are further items that will need to be completed before the repair work can begin.
Massachusetts has approximately 444 bridges classified as structurally deficient, according to the National Bridge Inventory, and has identified more than $15 billion in repairs for 4,901 spans.
Massachusetts DOT was expected to invest more than $3 billion in repairing bridges, addressing more than one-third of the structurally deficient bridge backlog. Last year, it had initiated more 146 bridge repair or replacement projects on 181 bridge structures.
The town’s Department of Public works will be working to ensure access is clear on the alternative roads.
The town will continue to provide information as available.