Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

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Re: Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

Postby octr202 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:58 am

Ahh, ok, that makes sense. Thanks!
Wondering if I'll see the Haverhill double-tracking finished before I retire...
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Re: Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

Postby jbvb » Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:55 pm

The west side rail and bridge timbers have been removed from the through plate girder bridges over Washington St.
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Re: Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

Postby jbvb » Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:56 am

Rail and bridge timbers are now stripped from the Haverhill end of the through truss span to the station end of the Washington St. through plate girder.
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Re: Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

Postby jbvb » Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:34 pm

There are vehicles & people around the bridge during 1st shift hours, but it isn't clear when they will transition from getting ready to actually working on the bridge & its piers. A narrow path along the river side of the tracks west of the storage yard has been paved with asphalt. Hard to tell whether it's connected with the bridge project.

Operationally, the single track has increased congestion in the Hall - Plaistow and Frost - Frye double track segments. Trains departing Bradford WB on the westerly track run more or less at track speed to Lawrence. I've observed a practice of leaving Bradford as soon as all the passengers from the bus are boarded, in one case leaving a group of 5 making their way from their cars. Not clear why, as the trains then sit 5-10 minutes at Lawrence waiting for departure time. Eastbound trains terminating at Bradford still run at Restricted speed from Frost, with a stop at each intermediate signal.
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Re: Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

Postby jbvb » Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:19 pm

Aside from a flagman in a pickup truck who seems to be working more or less 8-4, I rarely saw anyone around the construction yard in Bradford during September. The westerly track remains bridge-timber-less from the through truss span to Washington St.
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Re: Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

Postby jbvb » Sun Oct 26, 2014 1:20 pm

Another three weeks with no significant activity.
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Re: Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

Postby Arlington » Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:25 am

So this thread "went quiet" pretty early in the fall, which might have been OK, but now from Amtrak Downeaster Thread comes the complaint that they're not in any hurry to resume construction. Any news?
swist wrote:I take [Amtrak] 681/682 all the time. The trains used to pass each other between Lawrence and Haverhill. They can no longer do that because the Merrimack river bridge has only one track. So it is impossible for both of these trains to be on time, even if all the other problems were resolved. My question is why does it appear that that bridge work is not in any hurry. I can understand in the dead of Winter, but they knocked off early in the Fall, and have still not restarted.
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Re: Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

Postby Backshophoss » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:02 pm

Believe there was a contractor that went "BELLY UP",With MBCR now gone,MassDOT with/or Keolis has to find a
new contractor to finish the project.
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Re: Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:35 am

Backshophoss wrote:Believe there was a contractor that went "BELLY UP",With MBCR now gone,MassDOT with/or Keolis has to find a
new contractor to finish the project.


Here too? I thought that was Wachusett's contractor who suddenly went out of business.
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Re: Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

Postby swist » Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:38 am

Well that certainly explains the lack of activity.
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Re: Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

Postby eustis22 » Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:16 pm

there is nothing in the news about LM Heavy going belly up. Where did you hear this?
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Re: Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

Postby swist » Mon May 04, 2015 1:30 pm

I cross that bridge twice a week and today I saw ONE worker doing something out in the center of the span. But I saw no other activity, although with the MBTA doing tie replacement work there is always a certain amount of men and materials hanging about, although there is no evidence they have anything to do with the bridge.
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Re: Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

Postby jbvb » Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:32 pm

I looked over the bridge from the Haverhill end earlier in June - rail & ties are now completely gone from the westerly side. Equipment and machines were present in the construction yard on the Bradford side. No activity, but it was late enough in the day that I didn't really expect any.
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Re: Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

Postby eustis22 » Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:02 pm

The Bradford half of the bridge is sheathed in protective sheets for whatever they are doing under there.
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Re: Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill

Postby swist » Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:21 am

There appears to be legit activity on the bridge now and in fact, even some track laid?
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