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Cruise Control: MA Trades Unions Have Fore River Bridge Project Moving Ahead of Schedule

FORE RIVER BRIDGE

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Union training, skill, and hard work is paying off once again. This time in Massachusetts, where a bridge is being erected over the Fore River. The project has achieved significant time savings:

Construction crews worked ahead of schedule and moved a 2.9 million-pound span into place on the Fore River Bridge early Monday.

The span was floated on a barge through the marine channel to the bridge, which connects Weymouth and Quincy.

The new bridge is replacing a temporary bridge that was built 14 years ago:

The $244 million bridge replacement project includes construction of the new bridge and demolition of the temporary one that opened in 2003 after its predecessor, built in 1936, was deemed unsafe.

[…] Workers built the 324-foot-long center span in the former Quincy shipyard.

The temporary bridge, which locals have nicknamed “the Erector Set,” has become a nightmare for commuters. Over 32,000 vehicles use the bridge every day, where horrible traffic jams are unavoidable when the bridge is opened to accommodate a passing vessel.

Thanks in part to hard work by union workers on the project, commuters will soon feel some relief.

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