Culvert Replacement Project, #89 Willow Road (Route 133)

Willow Road Culvert Replacement
General Contractor:
R. Bates & Sons
TEC Engineering, Inc
Contact for Project Related Concerns:
Chris Olbrot, PE, Town Engineer/DPW Superintendent 978-352-6555,
Project Overview:
In 2019, during routine culvert inspections, the Town found that this antiquated culvert was in failure. The old corrugated metal pipe (CMP) had rusted and failed over time. The failure was a concern because, without the full integrity of the pipe, erosion coupled with significant precipitation would eventually cause a more complete failure of the culvert and subsequently roadway failure washout.
The culvert was designed, permitted, and bid in 2021, however, due to the pandemic production of the pre-cast elements was delayed.  We are now replacing the culvert as planned.
Anticipated Schedule: June 6th to July 12th.  There may be opportunity to condense this schedule to open the roadway prior to the July 4th holiday weekend. We will be utilizing all resources to try to do so.   A detailed schedule is below for view.
Scope of Work:  
The project consists of the complete replacement of the existing culvert with a new precast box culvert.  Precast headwalls will secure the embankments at the stream inlet and outlets.  Once in place, the contractor will also install new guard rails, pave, and restore the disturbed areas.  The project was designed and permitted to meet or exceed MA Stream Crossing Standards as required by the local Conservation Commission.  This also reinforces the town’s resiliency with a larger culvert promoting stream health and mitigating larger stormwater flows.  The full design plan set is below for review.
In order to safely and effectively replace this culvert, a roadway closure and detail will be necessary. Beginning on June 6th, Rt 133 will be closed from through traffic from the Main St intersection to the Spofford Rd. intersection. The detour eastbound will be via Main St. Ipswich Rd., Highland St. and Spofford Rd.  The detour westbound will be via Pine Plain, Uptack Rd. and Washington St.  Truck traffic will follow their own detour routes as posted. This detour will be in place for the duration of the project and open to traffic as soon as possibleA map of the updated (5/31) detoured route is below.
Construction Updates (as of 6/17/22)
PDF icon Schedule1.98 MB
PDF icon Design Plan Set745.12 KB
PDF icon Detour Plan (updated 5/31/22)929.26 KB