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Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Facility

Deer Island has been used by Native Americans, quarantined immigrants, farmers, orphans, paupers, military personnel, and tens of thousands of prisoners. The new Deer Island Waste Water Treatment Plant, which was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, is the latest in a line of sewerage disposal facilities in existence since the late 1800's. It is the second largest sewage treatment plant in the United States.


Photo courtesy of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

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Charles River Dam

 

The original Charles River dam and locks system controls the water level in the Charles River Basin and was first put into operation in 1910. Three new locks were made operational in 1978 and can be crossed by pedestrians and bicyclists. It is part of the popular Boston Harborwalk. Even during the torrential rains of Spring 2010, the Charles River Dam was able to drain excess volume out of the Charles River Basin and into Boston Harbor, saving some of Boston's best traveled roads, most popular locations, and much of Boston's Back Bay.


Photo courtesy of MAGUIRE GROUP, INC.

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Structure Inspection in Massachusetts

Throughout the Commonwealth, while the public works and sleeps, engineers are busy inspecting bridges in an effort to keep the public safe. Most bridges are inspected every two years. Special structures are inspected every year.


Photo courtesy of AECOM

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Surgery Through the Heart of the City

The recent extension of the Mass Turnpike was performed using cut and cover techniques which entailed excavating a trench through South Boston connecting the Boston Harbor to the Fort Point Channel. At points the trench exceeds the width and depth of the Panama Canal.


Photo courtesy of MAGUIRE GROUP, INC.

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Fenway Park

Fenway park which opened in 1912 went through a major renovation in 1934, and continues to transition with significant renovation projects. Below the grandstands are a maze of concrete areaways and tunnels, some barely accessible and others completely closed off. Who knows what treasures lurk in those now inaccessible areas.


Photo courtesy of JSL Engineering, Inc.

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Bridge Repairs in Massachusetts

The Commonwealth is busy at work repairing and replacing its deficient bridges. The A. Piatt Andrew Bridge over the Annisquam river is one such example shown during preservation. The bridge is a vital link between Cape Ann and mainland Massachusetts along Route 128.


Photo submitted by Gill Engineering Associates, Inc. and SPS New England, Inc. Photo courtesy of Jay Albert, Cape Ann Images.



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