NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – A large crane again towers over the Rosaire J. Rajotte Memorial Bridge in Rockdale and Laurieanne’s Restaurant, which is a stone’s throw away.
Construction at the bridge over the Blackstone River, originally scheduled for completion this past summer, has resumed.
According to the state Department of Transportation website, the project is 27 percent complete. Workers currently are excavating the south abutment.
The $3.6 million MassHighway project began in the spring of 2011. Some ledge under the surface of the water and a dispute regarding the contract brought the project to a standstill last winter.
An executive change order was approved in August and work resumed, but has been sporadic since then.
The bridge is being widened and heightened, replaced with a 32-foot wide span and a 6.5-foot sidewalk on the east side.
During construction, one side of the bridge is open to traffic.
At a meeting with the Board of Selectmen several weeks ago, Northbridge Department of Public Works Director James Shuris said completion is expected by summer.
A second bridge replacement project, this one on Douglas Road over the Mumford River, began last month.
The new bridge will replace a historic two-span masonry arch bridge, built in 1857 and reconstructed in 1923.
A temporary bridge will allow two-way traffic to continue.
The $4.1 million project also includes road reconstruction, utility relocation, drainage and other incidental work.
Completion is scheduled for the summer of 2014.