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Fitchburg Line Commuter Rail Bridge Replacement

The T has posted a video of a weekend replacement of a Fitchburg Line bridge over Rte. 62 in Concord - compressed to just four minutes.

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Though in fairness they've been prepping for that all summer. They had to build the new bridge next to the old bridge so they could wiggle it in place. This has been a big project.

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More than just this summer. It's been almost two years with NO weekend service on the Fitchburg line, except during winter when construction is on hold. And no bus replacement. So if you don't have a car and need to head out that way on weekends, you're kinda screwed.

And on weekdays they were running on a single track through Concord, with the reduced schedules that required.

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they only uploaded the video in 240p.

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A) Ah, the majestic Backhoe, feeding in its natural environment.

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B) Needs more Yakity Sax: http://bennyhillifier.com/?id=0d-anLB-DnE

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Same thing I thought; they look like some kind of ravenous animals rooting around in the dirt for food...

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And yet somehow the North Harvard Bridge over the Charles has been going on for 2 plus years.

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...something like 5 years and counting to build a few miles of second track on the Haverhill line, with no end in sight...

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And somehow you don't understand the difference between rehabilitating a historical arched bridge over a wide river while keeping it open to pedestrian and vehicle traffic and replacing a much shorter flat metal span carrying a single railroad track over a narrow roadway.

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