Javier -- great update
All I can do is quote the Christmas Carol --- "Said the night wind to the little lamb -- do you see what I see ....."
Me thinks we see the New Lechmere viaduct threading underneath the old Lechmere viaduct??
Javier -- great update
I think what we see in this photo (reposted below) is the new viaduct (center) stopping short (but on the same elevation as) the existing viaduct (far right). Specifically the new steel set in the running direction is "pointing at" the similar-height old steel (set in the "cross" direction)Me thinks we see the New Lechmere viaduct threading underneath the old Lechmere viaduct??
Interesting! It's not like green blends into this setting, though. Nor did it blend into the Artery's surroundings (nor the Tobin's, really). Actually, MassDOT's steel bridges (Whittier, Braga, the one between Worcester and Shrewsbury) tend to be blue.Ever wondered why so many steel bridges across the United States are painted green? It's not a coincidence! Discover the history behind this popular trend and find out key facts about the first green bridges and their designers.bridgemastersinc.com
In what capacity do you think that this future section of the GL will draw Central Artery comparisons? The neighborhood will ask for it to be grounded after all this work?
Fundamentally -- Steel offers longer unsupported spans and more opportunities to span with non-linear segmentsSteel is cheaper and faster to erect. The self-launching gantries for the segmental concrete viaducts on the Big Dig weren’t cheap.
The slides from the FMCB meeting today didn't seem to have much additional info beyond this: https://cdn.mbta.com/sites/default/files/2020-01/2020-01-27-fmcb-G-green-line-extension-update.pdfWe are writing to let you know of important schedule changes for the ongoing GLX-related bridge closures.
On Monday, January 27, the Green Line Extension Project released an updated schedule for bridge closures in Somerville associated with GLX construction.
Most notably, the revised timeline estimates that the reopenings of all three bridges that are currently closed will be delayed. The Broadway bridge in Ball Square is now expected to open in July 2020, about four months later than anticipated, the Washington Street bridge will now reopen in July 2020, and the Medford Street bridge will now reopen in October. The School Street Bridge has not yet been closed, and the new schedule now shows it and the Medford St. bridge around the corner being closed concurrently for approximately four months in the summer and fall of 2020.
In his testimony before the MBTA’s Fiscal Management Control Board today, Mayor Curtatone made it clear that our community has had to shoulder a difficult burden during construction and that the City of Somerville is not only deeply disappointed by these delays but that additional assistance will be necessary to address the impacts. In response to today’s announcement, the City is working closely with the MBTA and MassDOT on strategies and resources to reduce construction impacts, including advocating for assistance with public safety and traffic management, support for local businesses affected by construction, and other measures to mitigate the effects of construction on the community.
More information about traffic detours and mitigation efforts will be provided when available. Constituents are encouraged to contact the 24/7 GLX hotline at (855) 459-4636 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.
New GLX Bridge Closure Schedule
GLX officials still expect the project in full to be completed on time, by the end of 2021.Washington St.: Expected to reopen in May 2020
Broadway: Expected to reopen in July 2020
School St.: Expected to close after Washington St. bridge is reopened in May 2020 and reopen in June 2021 (the School St. bridge will not close until the Washington St. bridge is reopened.)
Medford St.: Expected to reopen in October