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May 2013- Manhan Bridge Construction Newsletter


In just a week to ten days since our last update, things have been progressing pretty quickly around the bridge. The current estimate is still early June for a bridge closing, but intersection work needs to be completed first.

With all of the movement, we are sending this short update to keep everyone up to date.  
Easthampton Ma. 01027 - Manhan Bridge Construction Project update 5-09-13
Easthampton Ma. 01027 - Manhan Bridge Construction Project update 5-09-13

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Bridge Work 
As for the bridge itself, there is not much going on structurally. A few have asked about the plywood that is alongside the bridge. This has been installed so when they start the demolition of the bridge, it will stop any debris from falling into the Manhan River. Traffic will still be one lane at times during the intersection and utility line work that is going on.

Note that the bridge WILL NOT CLOSE until the intersection work is completed.  

They are estimating early June for the bridge to officially close to traffic. We will be sending out notices as soon as we receive word of the date. There will also be electronic message boards going up at least two weeks prior to the closure.  
Temporary Pedestrian Bridge

The temporary bridge was installed on 5/1/13 as scheduled. The crews were able to have the bridge assembled and in place well ahead of the 5:30 pm deadline they had anticipated. The traffic that day was very congested, as work on O'Neill continued at the same time, but they had Northampton Street/the bridge back open to traffic around 3:15 pm that day.   
Easthampton - Pedestrian Bridge Installation 5-1-13 Manhan Bridge - MassDOT - Northern Construction 
Easthampton - Pedestrian Bridge Installation 5-1-13 Manhan Bridge - MassDOT - Northern Construction
Now that the temporary bridge is installed, the crews are working to move the water, gas and remaining communications lines onto the temporary bridge in preparation for the Manhan Bridge demolition.

On Monday, 5/13/13, they will be shutting off the water just around the bridge (it should ONLY affect the immediate vicinity of the bridge and possibly Mill Street but not beyond West Street or DPW yard) for a few hours as they cut off the line across the Manhan Bridge and connect to the temporary bridge. This will cause traffic to be down to one lane during the day. This process should be completed by the end of the day.  

Once the water line is done, they will start the process of adding the temporary gas lines. This process takes a little longer than the water line. The assembly alone will take about a week, as they have a strict process to make sure there are no leaks in the line.
Temp bidge

West Street Intersection Work  west st workers
The West Street Intersection is pretty close to completion.

The intersection lights are being installed today (5/10/13) and will be flashing soon as they get ready for  the bridge closure.

As you see in the video above, the curbs have been installed and a temporary pavement has been put down.  

West St LIght areaThey will be finished with this intersection in just a week or less of this posting. They will be painting lines and setting up the intersection to be in operation for the bridge closure.

Note that this is NOT the final look of the intersection. They want to tie in all of the new blacktop once the bridge itself is completed. In other words, once the bridge is completed, there will be a complete surface of new pavement from around the DPW yard, across the bridge, to the West Street intersection and several hundred feet up Northampton Street.
Northampton & O'Neill Street Intersection

While this work has been a cause of the biggest slowdown in traffic heading into or out of Easthampton, it is close to completion.

As of today (5/10/13), the crews are there putting in the blacktop section of sidewalks on each side of the streets. They will be pouring the handicapped ramp section in the next week. 

All of the internal work as far as the road itself (installation of loops and traffic signals) has been completed.  
There are still two or three poles that are holding up the final paving piece to this project. We are sure you have noticed the poles that are original and seem like they are now in the road. They include cable, phone and fiber that need to be removed. Once those poles are removed, the entire section will be paved with a final coat. This should not take more than a couple of days including the painting of the lines.     

 As with West Street, this intersection needs to be completed BEFORE the bridge is closed and the official detours start. 
This new intersection and the lights will be permanent once completed.
Ferry Street & Pleasant Street Intersection 
The temporary lights have been installed and are in test mode (flashing). There is NO more work related to the bridge happening at this intersection. We will advise everyone as soon as we know when the lights will be activated. As previously mentioned, that will not happen until just before the bridge is closed to traffic.  

May will continue to see a large amount of work leading to the closure of the Northampton Street/Manhan Bridge. 

The Mass DOT is still looking at an early June timeframe to close the bridge. In our discussions, they have indicated they hope to have Electronic Message Boards up at least two weeks prior to the closure. They will notify us and we will share with you here and via our website/Facebook and Twitter accounts.  

DETOURS: Last week's one-day closure gave us a chance to see how well the detours that have been established would work. We know that there were at least two things that need to be corrected as far as sign placements. One was at the rotary itself. We noticed that if you are from the Easthampton area or are familiar with driving through it, you would have noticed the signs to the right (just past the ESB lot) pointing in the direction you should go. But, if you are not from the area, you could easily miss this directional. MassDOT indicated that we would get together to place another sign either in the rotary as you come up to it or somewhere across the street by the Massage School.  The other area was at the end of West Street near Glendale.

If you noticed a spot that could use better signage, please feel free to let us know with a phone call (413-527-9414) or shoot us an email at      

For more photos of the project, go to our Flickr Page HERE
Photos from 05/09/13 - HERE 
SHOP LOCAL! The list on the left contains Greater Easthampton Chamber members that will be affected by the project. Remember they are and will remain OPEN during all phases of the construction.  
We thank you again for signing up for this newsletter and will continue to update you as we get information. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.  
If you have any questions about the Manhan Bridge Project, please feel free to email us ( and we will work to get the answer for you. 


Patrick Brough
President, Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce
We have ALSO created a text alert system that will help you keep informed on traffic conditions or construction issues that could affect your commute. You have two ways to sign up. 

  1. Follow this link Chamber Text Alert System  and follow the simple instructions. 
  2. Simply text MANHAN to 96362 and you will start receiving text alerts.   
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