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Groundbreaking Held For $50M Lexington Bridge Replacement

Local and state officials gathered on Tuesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Route 2 Bridge Replacement project in Lexington.

The $50.3 million project will replace two structurally deficient bridges that carry traffic on the Route 2 corridor over Interstate 95. Work will be performed using accelerated bridge construction to complete the project more quickly.

The project includes two new bridges providing three travel lanes and one auxiliary lane in each direction. The work also includes realignment of portions of Route 2 to improve clearance over I-95, along with reconstruction and resurfacing of a two-mile section of I-95.

"Rebuilding our roads, bridges and other public infrastructure across the commonwealth is critical," Gov. Deval Patrick said in a statement. "As we make these investments, we are making travel safer and more convenient while building the foundation for a growing economy."

The design-build project will begin construction on critical elements of a project immediately, as final design elements are being approved. The bridge and highway designs are scheduled to be completed in early 2015 with construction complete by November 2016. 

MassDOT issued the notice to proceed with the project on April 22 following the passage of the Transportation Bond Bill. During construction, a minimum of two travel lanes and one auxiliary lane will be maintained in each direction on Route 2. A minimum of four travel lanes and one auxiliary lane in each direction will be maintained on I-95 during peak travel times. 

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