Northbridge's Rockdale Bridge Work Is Showing Progress

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The east side of the Ross J. Rajotte Memorial Bridge in Rockdale now has a deck as work progresses. Photo Credit: Deborah Gauthier

NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. -- After a year of fits and starts, construction on the Ross J. Rajotte Memorial Bridge in Rockdale is showing progress with a deck in place on the east side.

Photo Album Work Progressing on Bridge In Rockdale

During construction, traffic over the bridge which crosses the Blackstone River, is one way only, controlled by traffic signals.

When one side of the bridge is completed, work will begin on the other side.

The $3.6 million MassHighway project began in the spring of 2011 and was scheduled for completion in the summer of 2012.

The project was at a complete standstill for several months in 2012 when ledge was found and a new construction plan was needed.

The hope now is to have the entire project done this summer, according to a DOT engineer who attended a meeting of the Northbridge Board of Selectmen in January.

Construction is affecting homes and businesses in the area, particularly Laurieanne’s Restaurant on the south side of the span and where the bulk of the work over the past year has been taking place.

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