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Davitt Bridge Reconstruction Ahead of Schedule and Set to Open by July 27

(File Photo Courtesy: John Suchocki / The Republican)

(File Photo Courtesy: John Suchocki / The Republican)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — The reconstruction of the William F. Davitt Bridge in Chicopee is nearing completion and is expected to be open to traffic no later than July 27.

That’s according to State Representative Joseph Wagner (D-Chicopee) and State Senator James Welch (D-West Springfield).  They made the announcement today.

This means the project will be completed thirteen months ahead of schedule.

In a press release sent to ABC40 this afternoon Rep. Wagner says, “This new and modern structure will help to improve access to businesses in Chicopee Center. The completion of this major artery serves as the latest example of the Commonwealth’s commitment to improving Chicopee’s infrastructure.”

At this point in time the project is 83% complete.

The remaining work includes setting curb, sidewalk and railing installation, removing the temporary pedestrian bridge, overlaying bituminous black top and completing approach work on each side of the bridge.

A $500,000 amendment to the contract was added to allow for acceleration of the project.  The money was used to extend work hours which means an earlier completion than originally planned.

Which is good news for local businesses who have been negatively impacted by the bridge closure.

The Northern Construction Service, LLC of Weymouth, Mass. has been working on this $8.2 million project since September of 2011.

The scope of the reconstruction which physically began in May of last year included the existing concrete arch supports being replaced with a steel girder superstructure on new concrete piers.

The William F. Davitt Bridge connects Route 116 over the Chicopee River.