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Demolition of I-91 Viaduct Deck Begins Feb. 10

SPRINGFIELD — MassDOT’s contractor, the joint venture of White-Schiavone, will begin demolishing the I-91 viaduct’s reinforced concrete bridge deck on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The work will take place in the inner northbound lane of the viaduct along the median, which is currently closed. The contractor will work a day shift (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and a night shift (4 p.m. to midnight) on Mondays through Fridays.

Demolition of the inner northbound lane deck is expected to continue through April 2017. Demolition of other portions of the viaduct deck will continue through summer 2017.

White-Schiavone will use several noise mitigation techniques during demolition. It has proactively installed noise curtains along the work zone in noise-sensitive areas. Additional curtains may be installed as required once initial noise readings are taken after demolition activities have started. In addition, all heavy trucks and equipment have been retrofitted with self-adjusting backup alarms, which limit the sound to a set volume above the ambient (background) noise. The JV has also taken initial readings of ambient noise in the work zone to establish a baseline for comparison. All equipment has been tested to ensure it is operating within the manufacturer’s specification.

Those traveling through the area should follow the reduced speed limits and use caution. MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays.

For more information about the project, visit www.mass.gov/massdot/i91viaductrehab. To report issues or concerns, or with questions related to construction, e-mail [email protected] or call (617) 454-1839.

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