MBTA To Begin Replacement Work on South Elm Bridge in July

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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Rendering of South Elm Bridge Replacement
Courtesy of MBTA

BOSTON – Over the summer, the MBTA will begin work to replace the South Elm Bridge on the Haverhill Commuter Rail Line.

Starting July 15th, crews will replace the “nearly 120-year-old bridge with a modern single-span structure.” Located between Bradford and Haverhill stations, this replacement work will extend the life of the bridge an estimated 75 years. 

The new structure includes a ballasted steel deck to ensure a smoother ride. Additionally, the MBTA states crews will make improvements along the roadway and sidewalk and to drainage. To allow this work to take place, Haverhill station will close from July 15 through summer 2025. During this time, MBTA recommends its passengers to board and disembark at Bradford. 

The design for the project was completed in 2022 and finalized in 2023. With a budget of $20.3 million, construction prep work began in May with major construction starting toward the end of July 2024. Bridge work is expected to be completed in July 2025 with “substantial completion of all construction expected in fall 2025.” The value of the total construction project is estimated at $14.1 million.

A video from the MBTA detailing a replacement project update in May 2024 can be found below: 

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