Mitchell River Bridge in Chatham closed for construction

Closure, detours begin Sept. 17, will continue through spring 2016
The old Mitchell River Bridge in Chatham, soon to be no more. Photo by John Fitts.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced the closure of the Mitchell River Bridge in Chatham. Effective Wednesday, September 17 the bridge will be closed to traffic. Detours for both vehicles and pedestrians will be in place while the bridge is reconstructed.

The current all-wood single leaf bascule bridge was classified as structurally deficient after inspections revealed significant deterioration. The Mitchell River Bridge was also found to be functionally obsolete, according to the project information (Project 603690).

A new single-leaf moveable bascule bridge (drawbridge) with a timber superstructure and a concrete and steel foundation will replace the old bridge, according to MassDOT. The work will be done by SPS New England to the tune of $15,000,000+.

While the bridge is closed, detours will be in place. Motorist will be detoured via Stage Harbor Road north to the rotary and east and south onto Main Street (see MassDOT map below).

While the work is done, the channel will remain open to mariners. Brief closures will occur during the project, specifically when the old decking is removed.

Officials expect the bridge to remain closed to motorists until the project is completed in mid-June 2016.

(Map showing the detour routes from the Mitchell River Bridge at Bridge Street. Map courtesy MassDOT.) welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on