When I drive down Route 85 and under the Mass Pike bridge, I try to keep my gaze focused straight ahead. Catching sight of the bridge’s crumbling concrete and exposed rebar makes me uneasy.
But not for much longer. As part of ongoing work along the Mass Pike, the bridge over Cordaville Road — as well as the one over Woodland Road — are slated to be repaired this fall.
Department of Public Works Head Karen Galligan said the state expects to start the work in mid-November. Construction will last about two months.
Galligan said traffic along the surface streets may be restricted to one lane during portions of the work, but she doesn’t expect any prolonged closures.
A third Mass Pike bridge in Southborough that crosses Parkerville Road does not require repairs.
The Mass Pike bridges aren’t the only bridges to be repaired in Southborough this fall. MassHighway will replace the Northboro Road bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks. That work is expected to begin later this month.
I thought that was one of the things we applied for stimulus funding to take care of and we didn’t get it. I take it Mass Highway is covering the expense? Very good news that they are getting fixed.
I don’t care who does it or where they get the money. Does anyone realize how many contractors have chipped away on the bridge over Cordaville Road? And does anyone remembe how many years all of that rebar was exposed for repairs? It’s been a long time coming and I hope they follow through and repair the bridges this time.
Oh, I don’t care either. Just glad it is getting done. It is scary passing under it. I try not to think about it.
Given the Mass Pike toll increases, disproportionate taxation of Metrowest residents, and illegal use of our toll revenues to pay for the Big Dig, Mass Highway should be funding a Octoberfest tents, Polka bands, clambakes, brodt, and an unending river of cold beer, while we all watch the “Men at Work” who should have completed these repairs done 10 years ago . . . .