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So, is the Healy admin going to do a switch-a-roo? I thought the Sag was going to be replaced.

 

There are hundreds of structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts, map shows

By Frank O'Laughlin, Boston 25 News Staff
March 26, 2024 at 3:07 pm EDT

DEDHAM, Mass. — United States Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited Rhode Island on Tuesday for a tour of the Washington Bridge, which needs to be demolished and replaced due to safety concerns.

The bridge, located just a couple of miles away from the Massachusetts state line, carries Interstate 195 traffic over the Seekonk River from Providence to East Providence and serves as a key gateway to Providence.

An inspection in December revealed a “critical failure of some bridge components.” The cost to demolish and replace the bridge is estimated to be between $250 million and $300 million.

 

“If that repair project were not undertaken, the inspections that caught this potentially deadly flaw would not have happened,” Buttigieg said. “There is a very real risk that our residents would have found out through a collapse.”


The bridge carries nearly 100,000 vehicles every day. It’s just one of hundreds across southern New England, including in Massachusetts, that have been flagged for various structural deficiencies.

An interactive map highlighting Massachusetts Department of Transportation data shows that 676 of the 8,044 municipally or state-owned bridges and culverts are structurally deficient.


A few of the many structurally deficient bridges include the Westford Street Bridge in Chelmsford, the Grafton Street Bridge in Worcester, as well as the bridge on the Concord Turnpike.

Gov. Maura Healey addressed these potential safety issues on Tuesday following an event at TD Garden. She vowed to secure federal money to put toward repairs.

“I know how important this work is. So, so important,” Healey told reporters. “I’m going to do everything I can as governor to get as much money as I can from the US Department of Transportation.

Healey’s administration has already secured nearly $400 million in federal funding for a project that will “restore and modernize” the 90-year-old Sagamore Bridge on Cape Cod. Additional applications for federal funding are pending.

In August 2023, Healey signed a $375 million bridge, road maintenance, and infrastructure bill to improve transportation across Massachusetts.

View a list of all of the structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts below:

Structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts by Boston 25 Desk on Scribd

 

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8 hours ago, bob_G said:

 

 

Restore and modernize sounds different than tear down and replace.


The administration is using those words interchangeably.  The intention is, and always has been, to tear down and replace. 
 

I still wager that the Sag, and eventually the Bourne, will be toll bridges. MA will not be able to secure 100% funding, either from the Federales or MA. MA will have to resort to tolls. 
 

 

 


 

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23 mins ago, Joe G said:


The administration is using those words interchangeably.  The intention is, and always has been, to tear down and replace. 
 

I still wager that the Sag, and eventually the Bourne, will be toll bridges. MA will not be able to secure 100% funding, either from the Federales or MA. MA will have to resort to tolls. 
 

 

 


 

Oh, and I bet, just like the Mass Pike, it will be just "temporary".....

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4 mins ago, b-ware said:

Billions of dollars to replace two bridges to serve appx. 240,00 people to keep the tourist dollars flowing.................

 

 

 

 

^^^^^^^This.  :th:

 

Absent the tourist dollars, spending billions on 240,000 folks makes absolutely no sense. 

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5 hours ago, FoulHooker said:

They will build the new bridges next to the existing bridges.  This will take years.  The money seems to be allocated to maintain the original until its demise.

Where did you come up with this info?

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5 mins ago, Joe G said:

$4.5 billion now.  That is double the original estimate. 

Mass. DOT has already pledged millions of dollars to the East-West Rail Corridor through Mass. on top of the bridge replacement.  We will be spending a lot more to repair numerous bridges and failing infrastructure throughout the state in the coming years.  I guess the 250,000 year round residents of Cape Cod and their tourist industry are more important than the rest of the state..................

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8 mins ago, Joe G said:

$4.5 billion now.  That is double the original estimate. 

Joe the longer this goes the more it will cost to do it . THe thousands that come across these bridges that work on the cape has increased more over the years and those who live here that work on the mainland side has also increased. THis is not just about tourist trade , but a small fraction of the project to replace both bridges . Peace and Prayers

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No question but the cost will far exceed the current $4.5 billion estimate.  

 

For a number of reasons, I still wager that both canal bridges will be toll bridges. 

 

I'm sure there is data out there, but I'd be curious to know how many full time cape residents travel off cape daily to work mainland vs.  how many full time  mainland residents travel on cape daily to work cape side.

 

 

 

   

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