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Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project
What's New

In addition to typical daytime lane closures, MassDOT will implement nighttime lane and ramp closures on I-95 North and South during the week of October 4. Due to the holiday weekend, there will be no lane closures from 12:00 PM on Friday, October 9 through 5:00 AM on Tuesday, October 13.

Visit the Updates page for information on these and other traffic management and construction activities. Please view the Notice to Merrimack River Boaters for information about work taking place on the river that affects navigation.

Whittier Bridge Statistics
Built in 1951
1,346 feet long
73,000 vehicles/day (current)
84,800 vehicles/day projected for 2035

Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project

Welcome to the Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project website. We hope you will visit this page often to learn about project updates and traffic and boating management plans. The Updates page lists ongoing and upcoming construction activities and traffic information. Traffic will be maintained on Interstate 95 (I-95) at all times. To sign up to receive construction and traffic alerts and meeting notices by email, visit the Contact Us page. You can also follow us on MassDOT's social media platforms; the Transportation blog www.mass.gov/blog/transportation, Twitter www.twitter.com/massdot or Facebook www.facebook.com/massdotinfo. Visit the FAQ page for the answers to some frequently asked questions.

On February 27, 2013, MassDOT's Board of Directors awarded a design/build (D/B) contract to the joint venture of Walsh-McCourt JV1. Final design is underway and construction began in summer 2013. Anticipated project completion is October 2016.

The bridge is a signature project of the Accelerated Bridge Program. It carries I-95 across the Merrimack River between Newburyport and Amesbury. The project includes the first shared use path along a Massachusetts interstate with pedestrian overlooks across the Merrimack River. The project cost is approximately $292 million. The About the Project section provides an overview, including the schedule, project team and a corridor map.

MassDOT understands the importance of minimizing construction impacts. The traffic management and sequencing plans account for peak travel times for this area, especially summer weekends. The contractor will maintain three lanes of traffic on I-95 in the peak commuting directions during peak travel periods. Local and regional signs will alert drivers to changes in traffic patterns and encourage through traffic to stay on I-95. Traffic will be monitored on local roadways to lessen impacts on the communities and local businesses. Signal timing will be modified to keep traffic moving. The D/B team will maintain the US Coast Guard channel for boaters.

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