Route 35 bridge: More work, delays expected in early spring

Cars cross the new Route 35 bridge in both directions in November. — Macklin Reid photo

Cars and trucks flow daily over the Route 35 bridge, but some work remains at the site and it could mean “alternating one-way traffic” will occasionally be needed as the state’s contractors try to get the job finished up by mid-spring.
“They need to do some stream restoration work, removal of temporary stream bypass pipe, removal of temporary support systems, finish off sidewalks and driveway aprons, line striping, and plantings,” said John Dunham, district engineer with the state Department of Transportation.
“Alternating traffic will be limited but will be necessary for the sidewalk pours, driveway ramps, curbing, and line striping and, possibly, briefly for demobilization activities,” he said. “The utility company needs to relocate the poles back to their original configuration, which may require some alternating one-way as well.”
Some work may be done, “weather permitting,” this winter, but much of it — “sidewalks, driveway aprons, line striping, and curbing” — will be in late March or early April, according to Dunham.
“We expect to be completely demobilized by the end of May,” he said.

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