A proposed new design for the reconstruction of Cradock Bridge in Medford would speed up the construction project, which is currently expected to take three years, according to an announcement from local legislators.
The initial plan, presented by the Department of Transportation last year, called for three lanes of the four-lane bridge to remain open to traffic throughout the process. The new plans call for a temporary bridge that will allow for normal traffic flow during construction, the announcement said.
The work is expected to start sometime next year. The announcement did not say how long construction would last under the new plan -- only that it would be a shorter period than the current plan -- or the projected cost. The original design was slated to cost $8.5 million.
Cradock Bridge, located at the southern end of Medford Square, carries Main Street over the Mystic River.
The new plans will be presented to the Medford City Council in a meeting on April 2 at 7 p.m. in City Hall.