MBTA engaged in several infrastructure projects

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BOSTON — Several key infrastructure projects are moving forward on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority this summer. The agency’s Beverly drawbridge project, a multi-faceted plan to rehabilitate and replace part of a commuter rail bridge is nearing completion.

Contracted crews are repairing approach span piles and replacing swing spans on the 120-year-old bridge on the Rockport and Newburyport commuter rail line spanning the Danvers River. The line has been shut down since mid-July to allow for the bridge’s swing span to be replaced. Commuter rail service is on schedule to resume on Aug. 14 after a 28-day suspension of service.

Separately, the agency is moving forward with installing positive train control on its Newbury-Rockport and Lowell commuter rail lines, right-of-way improvements on the Orange Line, and other projects in conjunction with state department of transportation leaders.

The PTC projects have suspended weekend rail service on the Newbury-Rockport line through September 30 and all Lowell commuter rail service along the entire line will be suspended Aug. 5 through Oct. 1. Additional bus shuttles are being deployed while PTC work is performed.

The improvements are all part of the agency’s $702 million capital spending plan.

See the news release online.

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