Massachusetts Department of Transportation

MassDOT Complex Bridge Inspections

Statewide, MA

Benesch has performed over 100 bridge inspections throughout Massachusetts since 2011. Also, under several consecutive complex bridge inspection contracts for MassDOT as a subconsultant to the prime consultant.

Bridge inspections are being performed in accordance with FHWA, AASHTO, and MassDOT requirements. Several of the bridges inspected under these contracts were complex, movable bridges. The following structures are a few of the bridges Benesch has recently inspected: Cambridge Street over I-90/MBTA/CSX; Bridge Street over the Merrimack River; Morrissey Boulevard over Dorchester Bay; I-91 over West Columbus Avenue/Amtrak/CSX/Pan Am/Parking Garage; I-495 Upper Level over I-495 Lower Level/Merrimack River; ST28/McGrath Highway over MBTA/Keolis; US6 over the Acushnet River.

Specialized access equipment was utilized on many bridges. This included under-bridge snoopers, off-road aerial-lifts, bucket trucks, hi-rail, boats with aerial lifts, pipe staging and floats. Benesch coordinated with traffic control, access equipment vendors, various railroad agencies, and local and state police. Inspections were performed during the night for traffic control during off-peak hours. Routine, special member, freeze/thaw and fracture critical inspections were performed.

Project highlights

  • Performed inspections of complex bridge structures
  • Inspections completed in accordance with FHWA, ASASHTO , & MassDOT requirements
  • Conducted inspections overnight during off-peak hours