Bridge deck work ongoing in Northampton

If you live in or near Northampton, you possibly drive over the Island Road Bridge daily.

Work to reinforce the bridge deck will be ongoing for several weeks.  Mass DOT officials told 22News a recent bridge inspection found one of the steel beams was deteriorating.

The bridge was built in 1965.  Now, work is ongoing to reinforce the bridge by building a shoring tower until a permanent steel design is installed.   Mass DOT data shows that there are currently 500 structurally deficient bridges across the Commonwealth.

“If you look at a lot of the one with the rust what they’ve done is a temporary fix by putting boards.  The environment is getting more degraded. Our roadways, our parents, our children go on these, this is about our safety,” said Tony Adomaitis in Northampton on Tuesday.

DOT officials say building that shoring tower can take up to two weeks and could take longer if we have bad weather.