(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)
The automotive nightmare that has been the Neponset River Bridge replacement project might be coming to an end sooner than expected.
The $34 million project was original slated to be completed by August 2013, but it could be completed in March 2013, if not sooner, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
Part of the Patrick-Murray Accelerated Bridge Program, the project completely redeveloped the dilapidated bridge that connects Dorchester to Quincy, adding a new bridge deck, replacing expansion joints, adding ornamental lights, and installing new and wider sidewalks.
The underside of the bridge was repaired between 2006 and 2009 for an estimated $20 million.
The news is welcome for many in Dorchester and Quincy who use the bridge on a daily basis. During rush hour drivers heading into the city could experience delays lasting up to forty-five minutes on Quincy Shore Drive.
There is however still some work left for the crews as they add the finishing touches.
The median still needs to be completed along with the parapet railing, but all lanes should be open by the end of October, with minimal temporary lane closures occurring through the coming months.
To read up on the project check out the DOT’s project page.