Project Purpose

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Project Purpose
To replace the bridge deck of the I-91 Viaduct in Springfield, due to its poor
condition – the result will be a more reliable and dependable highway
Project Limits
The term “Viaduct” is defined as a long, high bridge that
carries a road over other roads or features
Meeting Purpose
 Update public on progress since Governor announcement in Nov. 2013
 Solicit comments from the public
 Update on the Feasibility Analysis performed resulting in the deck
replacement project
 Planning project investigating I-91 replacement options/alignment
alternatives proceeds on a parallel track; duration 18months+/-.
Project Need
 The I-91 Viaduct is a critical part of the Interstate Highway System and
closing this structure would have significant impacts to western MA.
 Annual maintenance to the bridge deck is increasing
 MassDOT wants to be proactive in maintaining the reliability of this
roadway and extending the structure’s service life.
Project Scope
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Award the Springfield Viaduct Rehabilitation Project Nov. 2014
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Rehabilitation Project includes the following:
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Complete deck replacement
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Painting of structural steel, replacement of bearings, structural steel repairs
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Improve bridge drainage and highway lighting
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Other safety improvements, such as I-291/I-91 merge
Comprehensive Traffic Management
Bridge Data
 Bridge was built in the late 1960’s
 I-91 Northbound and I-291 EB Ramp represent 67 spans and approx.
321,000 SF of bridge deck
 I-91 Southbound and I-291 WB Ramp represent 62 spans and approx.
293,000 SF of bridge deck
 The structure is approximately 4,400 feet in length
Construction
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The use of Accelerated Bridge Construction is proposed.
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ABC reduces mobility impacts and improves work zone safety
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Prefabricated elements are made off-site and shipped to the jobsite
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Allows for two major construction stages
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The use of prefabricated elements will reduce the overall construction duration
(goal is to reduce construction time by ½)
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Preliminary duration is 5-6 construction seasons (conventional construction)
Traffic – Existing Conditions
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Interstate 91 traffic volumes (collected during highest months of traffic volume)
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Weekdays: 72,000 ADT
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Weekends: 54,000 ADT
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I-91 AM peak traffic volumes range between 2,800-4,500 vph per direction
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I-91 PM peak traffic volumes range between 3,100-5,700 vph per direction
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Individual I-291 ramps process between 1,300-1,800 vph during peak hours
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Three (3) lanes per direction with numerous ramps within project area
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Traffic consists of approximately 1/3 regional, 1/3 to/from I-291, and 1/3 local trips
Traffic – Traffic Management Approach
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Numerous traffic management approaches evaluated
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Existing physical constraints (roadway width) limited options
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Limited duration of construction/impacts preferred – 2 stage approach proposed
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Two-lanes in each direction to be maintained on I-91
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Maintain access to/from I-291
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Selected ramps to be closed for operational/safety reasons and to expedite construction
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Access to downtown and local businesses will be maintained utilizing East and West Columbus
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Primary detours to utilize East and West Columbus Avenues
Traffic -
Traffic Management Approach
(Stage 1)
(Stage
1)
Traffic - Traffic Management Approach
Traffic -
Traffic Management Approach
(Stage 2)
Traffic -
Traffic Management Approach
(Stage 2)
Traffic – Traffic Impacts
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2-lane I-91 can process approximately 3,500 vph per direction – adequate
capacity for all but peak hours of travel
Volumes
I-91 Northbound On and Off Ramp Locations
On-ramp from East Columbus Ave/Union Street
On-ramp north of State Street
I-91 Southbound on and off Ramp Locations
On-Ramp from Route 20
Off-Ramp to Columbus Ave/Downtown Springfield/Boland Way (exit 7)
Off-Ramp to Union Street (exit 6)
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Weekday Morning
Peak Hour
Ramp
I-91
820
5100
250
5350
325
790
490
3405
4180
3690
Weekday Evening
Peak Hour
Ramp
I-91
955
4780
650
5430
615
630
455
3445
4230
3775
Weekend Evening
Peak Hour
Ramp
I-91
583
3115
279
3394
231
306
261
231
927
666
Displaced ramp volumes represent worst case - anticipate decrease in volume
related to construction
Traffic – Traffic Impacts
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Comprehensive analysis to identify impacts to local streets/intersections underway
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Assess impact to Route 5
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Anticipate increased congestion primarily on East and West Columbus Avenues
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Critical Intersections:
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West Columbus Ave at West Union and Union Street
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West Columbus Avenue at State Street
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East Columbus Avenue at Boland Way
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West Columbus Avenue at Boland Way and Memorial Bridge
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East Columbus Avenue at Liberty Street (unsignalized)
Traffic – Traffic Impacts
 Anticipated Mitigation
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Police Details at critical intersections during peak periods
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Comprehensive monitoring program of key corridors/intersections
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Traffic signal operational and equipment upgrades
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Capacity enhancements (where possible)
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Real Time Traffic Management System
Construction Impacts
 Two parking structures exist within the
project limits
 The use of ABC will reduce the impacts
to the parking structures
 Temporary closures of certain areas will
be required
 Coordination with other projects in the
project area.
Bridge Details
Bridge Details
Bridge Details
Bridge Details
Bridge Details
Bridge Details
Looking Forward
 Continue designing the following:
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Traffic Analyses
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Highway Safety Improvements
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Bridge Design Elements
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Constructability Issues
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Environmental Permitting
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Additional Public Involvement
Public Involvement
 Seeking stakeholder review of traffic and design plans
 Project website www.mass.gov/massdot/I91ViaductRehab
 Developing project fact sheet
 Community briefings
 Providing for English and Spanish materials and interpreters
 Notices and eblasts on traffic changes during construction
How to Contact Us
 Sign up on the project website: www.mass.gov/massdot/I91ViaductRehab
 Submit comments or questions to the Project Manager, Michael O’Dowd,
Massachusetts Highway Department, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA, 02116,
857-368-9292
 Or email: Michael.O’[email protected]
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