Northampton’s Clement Street Bridge reopens

  • Cars travel across the Clement Street Bridge in Northampton, Oct. 15, 2018. STAFF FILE PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 9/18/2019 5:33:26 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The Clement Street Bridge, closed since late July, reopened Wednesday.

“I know people have been anxious for it to be reopened,” said Mayor David Narkewicz, who acknowledged that the bridge is heavily traveled.

The bridge had been closed for resurfacing, with the final polymer topcoat being completed Tuesday.

“The bridge deck (surfacing) is a highly specialized material,” said Department of Public Works Director Donna LaScaleia.

It’s important to maintain the deck’s surface, LaScaleia said, because if it degrades, the structural integrity of the deck can be threatened.

This is the second Clement Street Bridge closing and reopening in recent history.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation closed the bridge in December 2017 after it failed an inspection. It was subsequently reopened in October 2018 after structural repairs.

LaScaleia said 30 feet of the road was paved on each approach to the bridge as part of the recently completed resurfacing.

The total design and construction cost of the work done on the bridge since the first closing was $579.225.49, LaScaleia said.

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