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Crews work to dismantle former police station on Morton Street

Posted by Patrick Rosso  July 1, 2013 05:54 PM

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Crews tore down parts of the building Monday.

Demolition crews are making quick work of the building on Morton Street in Mattapan that once housed the neighborhood’s police station.

Located at 872 Morton St., the structure is being razed to make way for the demolition and reconstruction of the Morton Street Bridge, which carries vehicle traffic over the tracks of the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line.

The demolition is being overseen by the city of Boston and is being conducted by the JR Vinagro Corporation, a Rhode Island based contractor. The project is managed and will eventually be turned back over to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, which will lead the demolition and reconstruction of the bridge.

The DOT will use the police station's site to construct the new bridge, which will be slid into place once completed.

Overall the demolition of the two structures, along with the construction of the new bridge, is estimated to cost close to $9.7-million, according to the DOT.

Part of the Commonwealth's Accelerated Bridge Program, the DOT is currently waiting for bids on the bridge portion of the project, which was advertised June 22, 2013 with a 120-day bidding period.

Once a contractor for the job has been chosen, the DOT will hold a meeting with the community to discuss the closure of the structure to traffic while it is being demolished and replaced.

The DOT expects to close the bridge for up to 10-days with the current work timeline calling for its closure from August 8, 2014 to August 18, 2014.

Boston.com got the chance to venture inside the structure before it was demolished. To view the photos, click here.

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Crews tore down parts of the building Monday.


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Crews tore down parts of the building Monday.

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