Wet Weather Delays Temporary Arsenal Street Bridge

Wet Weather Delays Temporary Arsenal Street Bridge

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If you drove over the Arsenal street bridge in Watertown Monday, you probably noticed something new.

A temporary overpass on Arsenal Street is part of the $8.3 million project to replace the existing bridge. 

Crews were hoping to be finished with the temporary bridge by May 20, but state Department of Transportation information officer Mike Flick says the wet weather has made for bad construction conditions.

“Rain just slows things down,” he said.

Flick says the wet, muddy conditions in the area makes it hard for construction and tough for workers. But with days like Monday, things are getting better.

The weather is cooperating enough for the construction workers to come out and work on the temporary bridge. 

Flick says there is not a definite date for completing the temporary bridge, but he estimates early June. But is the project behind? 

“It's not really behind. The contractor has a contractual completion date, our contractual obligation so it will be late this fall. Early November. So as long as they are still within their window and they feel fairly comfortable with where they are now,  I guess you could say we are in pretty good shape,”  said Flick.

Once the temporary bridge is finished, crews will start demolishing the 1950’s era bridge and by next year, a new bridge will stand in its place.

The new bridge should last 50 to 75 years - a common life span for a bridge.

“Bridges and people are a lot a like. You can only fix them for so long and then they are worn out,” said Flick.

Flick says it's important to be cautious and drive carefully around the active work zone to ensure the safety of construction workers and those driving over the bridge.

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