Bridge decks are being poured as part of Phase I of the SouthField Parkway, a new 3.5-mile roadway that will gently wind east-west through SouthField, with entrances on Route 3 (at Exit 14 in Rockland; Route 228 interchange) and Route 18 (in South Weymouth) upon completion.
For all you Bob the Builder wannabe’s, here’s a simple description of the process. The crew starts by placing down deck beams, filling openings with metal forms, and reinforcing the structure. Then the fun begins — pouring the deck. A pump truck transfers the concrete from a concrete mixer truck to the deck in front of a deck paving machine. The paving machine moves along the deck on rollers, followed by a screed machine that runs back and forth along the deck paver leveling, smoothing and finishing the concrete. The team then places wet burlap on top of the fresh concrete to cure it, and continues to spray the burlap with water until hoses are set up that will keep the deck wet for 14 days.
Phase I of the Parkway construction concludes at the end of this year, at which time you’ll be able to conveniently drive through SouthField to existing Reservoir Park Drive in Hingham, and on to Route 3.