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Accelerated Bridge Program


Chapter 233 of the Acts of 2008
An act financing an accelerated structurally-deficient bridge improvement program.

Goals and Objectives

Improve the Condition of the Commonwealth's Bridges

  • Reduce the number of Structurally Deficient Bridges.
  • Improve the overall Bridge Health Index of Massachusetts Bridges.

Stimulate Economic Development and Job Creation

  • The Accelerated Bridge Program will create thousands of jobs across the Commonwealth.

Save Money By Completing Projects Sooner

  • Repair bridges now before further costly deterioration can occur.
  • Hedge against construction cost inflation.

Complete Projects Efficiently and Innovatively

  • Complete projects on-time and on-budget.
  • Complete projects with minimum disruption to people and commerce.
  • Use Design-Build and other innovative contracting techniques.
  • Focus on preservation and other strategies to improve the long-term condition of all Massachusetts bridges.

Access and Opportunity

  • To ensure access and opportunity on the part of women and minority individuals and businesses by establishing specific goals for each aspect of the program.
  • WBE/MBE Overall 14% utilization goal with a 10% race conscious goal and a 4% race neutral goal
  • Women: contractor labor participation goal of 6.9%
  • Minorities: contractor labor participation goal of 15.3%
  • Women workforce participation goal of 24% in technical positions and 47.40% in non-technical positions
  • Minority workforce participation goal of 10.48% in technical positions and 19.40% in non-technical positions

Transparency and Accountability

  • Provide frequent and detailed reports to the public on the progress of the ABP.
  • Develop overall project controls to ensure adherence to project schedules and budgets.
  • Measure agency performance in streamlining design and construction schedules.
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