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Our $19.4 million project will replace the nearly 80-year-old Louisquisset Pike Bridge in Lincoln, which carries Route 146 over Route 116 (George Washington Highway). This large bridge has been structurally deficient since 2007.
We are using a phased approach to replace the bridge and made changes to an adjacent service road so we can keep all lanes of traffic moving over the structure during construction. To date, there have been no traffic impacts.
The project also reconfigured the off-ramp from Route 146 South to Route 116 South to allow traffic access to either direction on Route 116. This allowed us to permanently close two sharply curved highway ramps, eliminating the tight weave that exists with ramps spaced too closely together. The closed ramps include Route 146 South’s Exit 7A and the on-ramp from Route 116 South to Route 146 South. Signs are in place to direct travelers to the new redesigned on-ramps.
The project is scheduled to be done by the end of 2021.
We continue building the substructure for the Route 146 South bridge, including the abutment footings and stems, which will ultimately support the bridge beams. A weekday left lane closure on both sides of Route 116 under Route 146 and a right shoulder closure on Route 146 at its intersection with Route 246 (Old Louisquisset Pike) are both scheduled next week at this project.
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