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February 7, 2011

Danvers-Middleton bridge needed emergency repair

MIDDLETON — You might not even realize you're driving over a bridge on Route 114 at the Danvers-Middleton town line, but there is one and it's in tough shape.

Police called the state Department of Transportation yesterday to make emergency repairs after "big hunks" fell out of the bridge's deck, according to Middleton police.

"Big hunks of it have fallen out of the deck and its been a problem for us," police Patrolman Robert Currier said. "Rebar and concrete and asphalt have fallen out."

The bridge spans the Ipswich River which divides the two towns. The area is often the site of flooding after heavy rainfalls, including the Mother's Day flood of 2006 and last year's floods in March.

Yesterday, police said "huge holes" developed on the bridge's deck and soon filled with water following Saturday's rain and yesterday's melting snow.

Police kept traffic moving in both direction on the bridge until repairs as the highway division filled in the deep holes in the bridge. Police said it took about three hours until repairs were finished.

The emergency patch job is not the first time MassDOT has been at the bridge. Currier said police have notified the state numerous times about the bridge in the past month. He did not know the exact number.

MassDOT spokesman Adam Hurtubise was not available for comment yesterday.

The bridge is not listed on the state's Accelerated Bridge Program to repair structurally deficient bridges in the state, according to the program's website.

Staff writer Bruno Matarazzo Jr. can be reached at 978-338-2525 or by e-mail at bmatarazzo@salemnews.com.

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