Work on the MBTA drawbridge over the Annisquam River has closed the channel to boat site visitors by means of Wednesday morning.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority stated the closure, which started Monday at 6 a.m. and ends Wednesday at 6 a.m., is as a result of the bridge span has been eliminated to permit building of its substitute. Throughout this time, a 1000-ton Gantry Barge and several other workboats shall be becoming the new drawbridge into place.
The barge and gear won’t be moved from the channel exterior of working hours, the T stated.
Electrical parts of the bridge shall be put in and examined between 6 a.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. Friday when vessel peak restrictions shall be in place. Vessels capable of journey the channel with no bridge opening might accomplish that. Mariners can contact the Gloucester Harbormaster through VHF CH 16/13.
Questions could also be directed to MBTA Resident Engineer Matt Moorehouse at 617-839-8075, J.F. White Contracting’s. Mike Keville at 617-908-2405 or U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston Waterways Administration’s Tim Chase at 617-447-1620.
For all questions associated to the Gloucester Drawbridge Substitute challenge, please electronic mail GloucesterDraw@MBTA.com.