I-91 bridge project in Deerfield said to be 20% complete
DEERFIELD — The state Department of Transportation is one-fifth of the way through the Interstate 91 construction project.
Drivers headed toward Deerfield will continue to encounter narrow lanes and orange cones and pass by gravel, trucks and steel beams.
The project will become more noticeable as summer proceeds as equipment impedes passage along the Deerfield River by Stillwater Road for kayakers, swimmers and tubing groups.
The construction is part of the $36.2 million state project to knock down and replace the bridges that carry Interstate 91 across the Deerfield River at Stillwater. According to MassDOT, the bridges are structurally deficient but safe.
The project began last June. It is expected to be complete by April 2016 with J.F. White as contractor.
According to MassDOT spokesman Michael Verseckes, the contractor is finishing driving piles for the new northbound Deerfield River and Stillwater Road bridges.
Once that is complete, new pier construction can start and work on the abutments can begin.
He said the temporary crossovers are paved but won’t be fully complete until the new northbound bridges are in. For the Lower Road northbound bridge, the abutments have been installed and bridge walls are under way now.
The project will replace four Interstate 91 bridges crossing the Deerfield River, Stillwater Road and Lower Road.
The bridges are the I-91 northbound bridge over the Deerfield River and Stillwater Road, the I-91 northbound bridge over Lower Road, the I-91 southbound bridge over the Deerfield River and Stillwater Road and the I-91 southbound bridge over Lower Road.
Completed work includes installing erosion controls, eliminating invasive plant species, clearing and grubbing for construction and relocating a water main on Lower Road.