On November 18, 2009, S&R Corporation opened to traffic the Route 28 bridge over Route 213 in Methuen, MA. The bridge opening occurred thirteen months earlier than the original project schedule and was accomplished with a combined effort of S&R staff and MADOT staff. The original construction sequence called for a temporary bridge to carry northbound traffic while southbound traffic would be shifted through the phased construction of the new bridge. The temporary bridge was to be supplied by MADOT. While S&R was checking MADOT’s inventory of temporary bridge parts it discovered that the MADOT had enough parts to supply two temporary bridges which would accommodate the southbound traffic as well as the northbound traffic, and consequently permit the construction of the new bridge in one phase. The MADOT accepted S&R’s proposal to erect the two temporary bridges and construct the new bridge in a single phase. With the new bridge open thirteen months early, the traveling public will not be inconvenienced with changing construction traffic patterns while S&R completes the final task of removing the two temporary bridge structures. The project is expected to reach final completion in April 2010, one year ahead of the contract completion date of April, 2011. S&R’s Superintendent on the Methuen Project is Brian Dawley, the Project Manager is Brad Lubenau.


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