New railroad bridge gets rolled into place on Main Street in Concord
It’s one of those things that happens once, well, maybe not even once in a lifetime.
But over the weekend, the historic railroad bridge over Main Street just past the South Bridge Boat House was painstakingly taken down and a new wider, higher bridge was rolled into place.
The project was part of the $300 million Fitchburg railroad line improvement, according to Joe Nolan, the community outreach consultant who worked with the town, MassDOT and the MBTA.
Nolan said commuter disruption was held to a minimum as crews worked around the clock Aug. 28 into Aug. 29 to replace the bridge and tracks.
Once the old structure was removed, the new bridge was rolled into place, inch by inch, on two trailers that could handle the 220-ton steel behemoth. An engineer associated with the project said the trucks could handle a structure that weighed up to 300 tons.
Eight fire departments respond to midnight structure fire
- An explosion and fire in 1965 at Dye Oxygen Co., 120 W. 36th St., in South Tucson, sent a 200-pound acetylene tank “more than 10 stories into the air.” It landed just 30 feet from children evacuating nearby Mission View Elementary. Volunteers grabbed
- According to the Owensville Fire Department's Facebook page, “approximately 2,000 rounds of ammo and an acetylene tank exploded inside the home creating a very volatile environment.” The property, owned by Donna Magrowski sits on the county line.
- He brought in two vehicle hoists, along with tools, workbenches, arch and acetylene welders, grinders and a parts-cleaning tank. "I have been into cars as a hobby for so long I accumulated a lot of that stuff and it helped not to have to buy so much