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I-91 construction on target for 2016 completion

DEERFIELD — The state Department of Transportation is one-fifth of the way through the Interstate 91 construction project.

Drivers headed towards Deerfield will continue to encounter smaller lanes and orange cones and pass by gravel, trucks and steel beams.

The project will become more noticeable as summer proceeds as equipment impedes passage through the Deerfield River by Stillwater Road of kayakers, swimmers and tubing groups.

The construction is part of the $36.2 million state project to knock down and replace the bridges that carry I-91 across the Deerfield River at Stillwater. According to the DOT, the bridges are structurally deficient but safe.

The project began last June. It is expected to be complete by April 2016 with J.F. White as contractor.

According to DOT spokesman Michael Verseckes, at this time, the contractor is finishing driving piles for the new northbound Deerfield River and Stillwater Road bridges.

Once that is complete, new pier construction can start and work on the abutments can begin.

He said the temporary crossovers are paved but won’t be fully complete until the new northbound bridges are in. For the Lower Road northbound bridge, the abutments have been installed and bridge walls are under way now.

The project will replace four I-91 bridges crossing the Deerfield River, Stillwater Road and Lower Road.

The bridges are the I-91 northbound bridge over the Deerfield River and Stillwater Road, the I-91 northbound bridge over Lower Road, the I-91 southbound bridge over the Deerfield River and Stillwater Road and the I-91 southbound bridge over Lower Road.

Completed work includes installing erosion controls, eliminating invasive plant species, clearing and grubbing for construction and relocating a water main on Lower Road.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:
kmckiernan@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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