Beverly Bridge Projects

The Hall-Whitaker Bridge which connects Ryal Side to Downtown via Bridge Street over the Bass River is now permanently closed per Massachusetts Department of Transportation. It will continue to stay open for pedestrian, bicycle and marine access at this time. 

The Kernwood Bridge is open for all traffic.

Please check back frequently for updates. To submit a comment or concern, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Updates

February 2024: MassDOT is hosting an in-person design public hearing on the Hall-Whitaker Bridge project and an update on the Kernwood Bridge project. 

MassDOT is hosting an in-person design public hearing to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Bridge Replacement, B-11-001, Bridge Street Over Bass River (Hall-Whitaker Drawbridge) Temporary Bridge project. In addition, updates to the permanent replacement of the Hall Whitaker and adjacent Kernwood Avenue Bridge (Beverly-Salem) will also be discussed. Read the full MassDOT flyer

🗓️ Thurs. March 14 

🕜 6:30 - 8 pm

📍Beverly Middle School Auditorium, 502 Cabot St.

Interpretation for Albanian, Portuguese, and Spanish will be available upon request.

To ensure its meetings are accessible, MassDOT reasonably provides: translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, and auxiliary aids and services. To request such services, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer at 857-368-8580 or MassDOT.CivilRights@dot.state.ma.us. For adequate time to process such request, please make them as early as possible, ideally 10-15 days prior to the event.

January 23, 2024: MassDOT conducting borings in the Danvers River at the Kernwood Bridge

MASSACHUSETTS – DANVERS RIVER – KERNWOOD AVENUE BRIDGE - Bridge Repairs  -  MassDOT is conducting borings at the bridge site to support the design of a replacement bridge.  The work is scheduled from January 24, 2024 to February 9, 2024.  Work hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The draw will open on its normal schedule to allow the passage of vessels.  Work vessels on scene will monitor channels 13/16. Mariners are advised to exercise caution.

December 26, 2023: Community Update for the proposed temporary Hall-Whitaker Bridge project

Dear Beverly resident,

I hope you are doing well during this holiday season.  Please find two attachments of documents prepared by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) at the city's request.  Please note these are MassDOT communications.  One is a chronology of work undertaken by MassDOT on the Three Beverly Bridges project (one temporary and two permanent replacement bridges)  since June.  The second attachment is a narrative further explaining some of this work.

We have been pushing MassDOT (and other relevant state and federal agencies and officials) throughout the months since MassDOT last came to Beverly to hold a public update meeting in June.  We have focused our efforts with them on making as much progress as possible on all design and permitting processes on all three bridges.  Further, this fall, we repeatedly requested that they come to Beverly for another in person community update meeting.  They stated that the Design Public Hearing on the proposed temporary Hall-Whitaker Bridge that will take place once Bridge Sketch Plans (see attachments) have been approved is the most productive next checkpoint for an in person meeting.  Therefore, we continue to urge them to get that work completed.

We are currently trying to get MassDOT to agree to the next meeting in Beverly to take place in February.  Whether this meeting takes place in February or later, we will keep pushing.  In the meantime, hopefully, the attached update documents from MassDOT will help inform your understanding of the process.

Please reach out to my office with questions.  Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

Mike

Michael P. Cahill, Mayor

October 6, 2023: Community Update for the Hall-Whitaker and Kernwood Bridges project.

Last year, from the day the Massachusetts Department of Transportation permanently closed the Hall-Whitaker Bridge in an emergency action, it was clear that replacing both aging state bridges, as quickly as possible, will require collaboration among local, state, and federal officials and agencies with everyone fighting consistently to shorten timelines and get these bridges built. The federal and state agencies responsible for designing and permitting the temporary fixed span Hall-Whitaker Bridge, as well as the permanent replacement Kernwood and Hall-Whitaker Bridges, have now committed to meeting regularly in this effort.

The state has also committed to building both the Kernwood and Hall-Whitaker permanent replacement bridges at the same time once the temporary Hall-Whitaker Bridge is built and open to traffic.

The recent progress in getting the federal and state agencies to a shared table is encouraging – but ultimately we will need results. It’s clear that the temporary bridge needs to open as soon as possible.

In June, MassDOT presented a four year timeline to the temporary bridge, a schedule acceptable to no one. Our work has been and continues to be focused on shortening and beating that schedule, and by as much time as possible.

The City expects MassDOT officials to hold another community meeting in Beverly later this year to further update us all and answer questions. An update will be sent out when this meeting is scheduled.

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May 1, 2023: The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has provided the City with the following update on the current status of the Hall Whitaker Bridge project:  

  • The 25% Highway/Temporary Bridge Sketch plans were submitted on schedule (this spring, as MassDOT committed to at the meeting last fall) and are currently under review by MassDOT. The review and comment resolution will be completed in May.

    After the review is completed and the plans are modified to reflect any changes, a Design Public Hearing can be held. This is currently being scheduled for late June.

  • Utility coordination is ongoing

  • Borings are being scheduled for June/July

  • MassDOT continues to work with the United States Coast Guard and Bass Haven Yacht Club to collect data for the marina’s accommodation requirements in order to permit the temporary fixed bridge

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