SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 23, 2013

Guardrail the last piece of I-95 project

BY ETHAN FORMAN
STAFF WRITER

---- — DANVERS — Little yellow flags in the ground along Interstate 95 mark the spot where a new cable guardrail is being installed from Danvers to Boxford in the median strip as part of a $5.7 million Massachusetts Department of Transportation project, spokesman Michael Verseckes said in an email.

The project, which is expected to wrap up in July, involves resurfacing the pavement in Peabody and the installation of the cable guardrail in the wide median strip through Danvers, Topsfield, Middleton and Boxford, Verseckes said. Drivers should expect daily lane closures.

The job was given the go-ahead in November 2011, with the contractor, Brox Industries of Dracut, using that time to submit paperwork and do other preparation work. Most of last year saw Brox rebuilding bridge decks over the interstate and doing the paving work. Last August, the contractor used a real-time traffic management system to lessen delays or confusion from lane and ramp closures as it tackled complex repairs on the bridge decks.

The cable guardrail and other miscellaneous work are the last pieces of the project.

The guardrail begins northbound just past the Route 62 overpass and ends just before the Fuller Lane overpass in Boxford.

“The actual distance of the cable being installed is 22,500 feet,” Verseckes said.

There are four sections on the northbound side of the highway and two shorter stretches along the southbound side, he said.

The installation of the guardrail, at a cost of $560,000, was due to a road safety audit on this stretch of the highway that involved MassDOT, the Federal Highway Administration and state police, Verseckes said. The audit looked at where crossover accidents occur or have the potential to occur. From 2004 to 2007, there were 27 accidents in this stretch, with 11 of those being crossover accidents and one resulting in a fatality, Verseckes said.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.