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Worcester: Burns Bridge Construction to Begin

Burns Bridge

The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project begins Monday, August 13, with demolition of the south, eastbound sidewalk of the bridge carrying Route 9 between Worcester and Shrewsbury.

The demolition will take place at night from approximately 9:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. to avoid disrupting peak commuter traffic and will be completed in early September.

Beginning the week of August 13 through the week of September 3rd, eastbound lanes from Worcester to Shrewsbury will close. One eastbound lane will close at approximately 9:00 p.m. Later in the evening, all eastbound traffic will be shifted to the westbound lanes of the bridge at the intersection of Route 9/Lake Avenue and returned to the Route 9 eastbound lanes at the Route 9/Quinsigamond Avenue intersection.

MassDOT recommends that drivers plan ahead and allow extra time through the work zone. Drivers are reminded to reduce speed and exercise caution when traveling through the site.

Because of the south sidewalk closure, upgrades to crosswalks, sidewalks, wheelchair ramps and pedestrian signals will be made at the Lake Avenue/Belmont Street intersection. The Worcester RTA beginning on August 13 will provide a shuttle bus service three times a week for senior citizens between Lincoln Park Towers and the White City Shopping Plaza.

The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project is taking place under the Patrick-Murray Administration’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges throughout the Commonwealth. To learn more, visit www.mass.gov/massdot/kenburnsbridge.

08/10/2012

Governor Patrick Signs Transportation Funding Bill

Bill Signing

Governor Deval Patrick has signed the 2012 Transportation Bond Bill that continues funding for transportation infrastructure projects across the Commonwealth.

The bill authorizes a total investment of $1.5 billion for Fiscal Year 2013, including $885 million in state funds that leverage federal funds for state road, bridge, rail and regional transit projects, continuing funding for the final year of the five-year 2008 Transportation Bond Bill

“Our transportation infrastructure had suffered from years of neglect, so this Administration started rebuilding roads, rails and bridges in every corner of our state and creating thousands of jobs,” said Governor Patrick. “This is how we are strengthening our state’s economy and quality of life for the long term.”

In addition to the five-year Transportation Bond Bill, the Patrick-Murray Administration has made significant additional investments through the 2008 Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP), the largest statewide infrastructure investment program ever. ABP has already reduced the number of structurally-deficient bridges by nearly 20 percent.

Governor Patrick last month also signed the Chapter 90 funding bill to provide cities and towns with $200 million in state funds for local road and bridge projects for the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2012.

The Transportation bill signed today also includes Greenway Conservancy Board changes. The Board is now subject to the state opening meetings law and is reconstituted with 21 members, including members chosen from nominees selected by the board from a list of names provided by the Governor, area Senator and Representative, Mayor of Boston, Secretaries of Transportation and Energy and Environmental Affairs, and local neighborhood associations.



Fore River Bridge Project Moves Forward

The signature Fore River Bridge Replacement Project in Quincy-Weymouth is moving forward. The MassDOT Board of Directors has awarded a $244.6 million design-build contract to White-Skanska Koch, J.V. The new Fore River Bridge carrying Route 3A over the Fore River is one of the Accelerated Bridge Program's Mega Projects.

“The action taken by the Board today allows MassDOT to continue delivering on the Patrick-Murray Administration’s pledge of job creation and infrastructure investment for the benefit of our current and future customers,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey.

MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola said, “The new vertical lift moveable bridge will allow for two lanes of traffic in each direction and will incorporate our Complete Streets vision with five foot bikes lanes and six and a half foot sidewalks on each side.”

The Fore River Bridge Replacement Project is one of five MassDOT Mega Projects in the Patrick-Murray Administration’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP). The Kenneth F. Burns Bridge Replacement Project in Worcester-Shrewsbury begins major construction next week. Bid openings are scheduled within the next six months and construction begins in 2013 for the following:

  • Whittier Bridge over the Merrimack River I-95 Improvement Project, Amesbury, Salisbury and Newburyport
  • Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project over the Charles River
  • Route 79/I-195 Improvement Project, Fall River, aka ‘Spaghetti Ramps’

As of June 1, 2012 the ABP Program has completed 90 bridge projects, with another 72 bridge projects currently in construction, and an additional 25 bridge projects scheduled to start construction within the next year.



Amesbury: Hines Bridge Reopens

Traffic on Hines Bridge

The newly constructed Hines Bridge carrying Main Street over the Merrimack River in Amesbury reopened to traffic this week.

The existing bridge was closed to traffic in November 2010 to allow the construction of a new replacement bridge.

The $34 million bridge replacement is a federally-funded MassDOT design-build project that included complete replacement of the bridge superstructure and the majority of the substructure along with new electrical and mechanical components for the moveable spans.

The new bridge is a four-span superstructure with two fixed approach spans and two pivoting middle spans. The Design/Build Team was led by Barletta Heavy Division, Inc. from Canton and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. from Watertown. The bridge was renamed in 2006 in honor of 1ST LT Derek S. Hines of Newburyport who died on September 1, 2005, in Baylough, Afghanistan, when his unit was conducting security operations and came under attack by enemy forces. Hines was assigned to the 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Vicenza, Italy.

Learn more by visiting the Hines Memorial Bridge Project website.



MassDOT Board September Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, September 12, 1:00pm, MBTA Board Room, Suite 3910, State Transportation Building, Boston.    

The MBTA Board will meet first at 1pm, followed by the MassDOT Board. All meetings are open to the public.

The meeting schedule is available on the MassDOT website.
http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/BoardsCommittees/BoardofDirectors/BoardMeetings.aspx

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