Bass River Bridge Work Completed

Photo via Google Street View

Photo via Google Street View

SOUTH YARMOUTH –Bridge work on the Bass River Bridge has been completed, according to Yarmouth Public Works Director Jeff Colby.

The south and north side joints of the bridge have been repaired with the middle-section of the bridge scheduled for repair next year.

SPS New England, Inc. was hired by the state to complete the work.

“There’s a number of elements that need to be cleaned up and other things that they’ve staged in that roadway, and then the removal of the jersey barriers, repainting some lines,” said Colby. “That work should take about a week for them to finish the cleanup but it is in a cleanup mode at this point.”

MassDOT, which oversaw the three-phase project to repair the bridge, told the town in October that the second phase of the work wouldn’t be complete until Thanksgiving.

The final phase of construction will take place next summer.

Colby expects that there will be similar lane diversions next year but the town hasn’t been given the dates of when the traffic shift will be from the state.

He added that he isn’t sure what the state of the bridge is.

“I haven’t really been told much about the long-term condition of the bridge, I know it’s something that they are doing these repairs in order to extend the life of it, but they have been pretty tight-lipped with regards to what the future plans are, relative to complete rehab or replacement,” said Colby.

The bridge was constructed in the 1930s, meaning that the spans are not as long as they would be on a modern day structure.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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