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Taunton routes 24/140 construction work restarts. New timeline and more

TAUNTON – After an abrupt halt to work last fall on the multi-million dollar, multi-year construction project for the Route 24/Route 140 interchange after the contractor quit his job, work resumed this past winter with a new contractor.

The original contractor who left his job, Cardi Corporation, has since gone bankrupt

The new contractor, Manafort Brothers Incorporated, with offices in Worcester and Cumberland, Rhode Island, took over the project on Jan. 5, said John Goggin, spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Who is Manafort, the new contractor?

Manafort provides specialized construction and demolition services, as well as general contracting services, primarily in the Northeastern United States.

Manafort’s portfolio of work in Massachusetts and Rhode Island included, according to the website, the rehabilitation and demolition of at-grade railroad crossings associated with South Coast Rail, structural concrete work for the Marine Commerce Terminal in New Bedford, foundation and concrete work for a residence hall. at UMass Boston, all concrete and steel work for Worcester’s Polar Park, major renovation work for St. Mary’s Hall at Boston College, and civil, utility and excavation work associated with new office, residential and retail buildings on Union Square in Somerville.

Manafort is also the general contractor for the 1,200-foot Providence Viaduct Bridge Project on I-95 in Providence.

Manafort Human Resources Manager Kenneth Sedlak said the company will not answer questions from the Gazette about the Route 24/Route 140 project, and that all questions should be directed to MassDOT.

Manafort is a pre-qualified MassDOT contractor, Goggin says, meaning no vetting is necessary because they have worked for MassDOT before.

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How was Manafort chosen?

Manafort was selected by Cardi Corporation’s surety bond company.

A construction bond is a contractual agreement between three parties: the owner of the land, in this case the state; the original construction company, in this case Cardi; and the surety company, which guarantees that the work will be completed.

When Cardi left the construction site last year, it was the bonding company’s duty to provide MassDOT with a replacement contractor.

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Will this cost more?

Goggin told the Gazette earlier in November that whoever was the replacement contractor would do it under the original terms and agree on the cost of the project. Cardi had initially won the bid for the project for $116.5 million in late 2020. The total project price tag of $139.2 includes a contingency fund, construction engineering and traffic police details.

“Any additional costs for the project above the original bid price of $116.5 million are the responsibility of the bonding company,” Goggin said in November.

What happened to the previous contractor?

Warwick, RI-based Cardi Corporation began construction in May 2021, but officially ceased operations in October 2023.

Cardi faced financial problems and declared bankruptcy at the end of 2023, according to the Providence Journal. The assets were acquired by Johnston, RI-based contractor JR Vinagro Corporation.

What work is being done?

The work carried out as part of the construction project includes the following:

  • Construction of a new ramp from southbound Route 24 to northbound Route 140
  • Widening of Route 24 to three lanes on both sides, plus acceleration and deceleration lanes at junction ramps
  • Replacement of several bridges, including the Route 24 bridge over Route 140, and two bridges on Route 24 over rail lines, which will be used as rail lines for South Coast Rail.
  • Reconstruction of interchange ramps between routes 24 and 140, including two lanes of route 140
  • Construction of a detour lane on Route 140 southbound, between the north and south ramps of Route 24
  • Widening of Route 140 for additional turn lanes and a detour lane
  • Drainage works including extension of the Cotley River culvert

When asked, Goggin did not indicate how much of this work had already been completed by former contractor Cardi.

According to Mass DOT’s Project Info Site for Highway Division Projects, the project is currently 20% complete.

end date

The project was previously estimated to be completed by summer 2027. With the delays last year, Goggin said the new completion date is fall 2027.

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