"The old bridge was rotten," says Gary Jackson, of LM Holdings, who is superintendent on the project. "The deck was so brittle, it could be dangerous."
Westford-MA based LM Holdings' bid of $1.8 million secured them the contract on
"These projects help us grow," he says. "Anytime we can work for Mass Highway, it's a good deal."
The projects also mean that more people get to work. Jackson says that at its peak, the bridge project will involve a crew of approximately seven pile drivers, five carpenters, a laborer and five iron workers.
One of those workers, Todd Allen, 23, says that he couldn't find an entry level job after he graduated from college last year. "I really wanted a job," he says. "I was so relieved at getting this job. I'm happy stimulus put me to work"
"It's definitely a highly populated area," says Brian Blackerby, the project manager. "A lot of pedestrians and cars in the area use the bridge to cross over."
Blackerby explains the significance of this bridge rehabilitation project to LM Holdings and to the people of Lawrence: