SPS New England to Lead Gloucester Bridge Rebuild

Fri January 16, 2009 - Northeast Edition

The Patrick Administration has given formal approval to a $23.3 million project to rebuild the Route 128 bridge over the Annisquam River in Gloucester.

The project involves the removal and replacement of the surface of the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge deck, rehabilitation of the superstructure and portions of the substructure. A new safety screen is included and the bridge approaches will be repaved.

“The design for the bridge fence was a result of collaboration between MassHighway and local officials with the goal of maintaining the bridge’s historical significance, enhancing safety and preserving the aesthetic appeal of this span,” said MassHighway Commissioner Luisa Paiewonsky. “Rehabilitation of structurally deficient bridges like this one and road safety upgrades are at the top of our list of priorities.”

“The A. Piatt Andrew Bridge is a major gateway to Gloucester and Rockport and deserves to be well-maintained and safe. This project will ensure that it serves motorists well and represents a good image to the thousands of travelers who visit Cape Ann throughout the year,” said Senator Tarr (R-Gloucester).

The state’s contractor on the project is SPS New England Inc. of Salisbury. The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2011.