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For Immediate Release: 07/09/2012
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Patrick-Murray Administration Breaks Ground on Anderson Memorial Bridge


$19.9 million Project Funded through Governor Patrick’s Accelerated Bridge Program

CAMBRIDGE - Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey joined local officials today to break ground on the Anderson Memorial Bridge, connecting the cities of Boston and Cambridge over the Charles River.

The historic bridge rehabilitation, a $19.9 million project funded through the Patrick-Murray Administration's Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP), includes structural repairs to the concrete arch bridge that carries North Harvard Street over the Charles River, and to the extent possible, reusing original masonry features.  Construction will be done in four phases and will be complete by fall 2014.

“The Anderson Memorial Bridge is a hallmark structure, and the rehabilitation of this important bridge reflects our Administration’s commitment to investing in infrastructure improvements in cities and towns across the Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.  “Through this project, the others in the Charles River Basin, and through many more projects around the Commonwealth, we are renewing that commitment to reinvesting in our infrastructure and improving transportation in communities across the state.”

“Through the Accelerated Bridge Program, we are reversing decades of neglect, restoring our roads and bridges to a condition that we can all be proud of,” Secretary Davey said. 

The bridge, which is a three-span structure, is 440 feet in total length.  During construction, two arches will remain open at all times to allow for recreational boaters and rowers in the Charles River to pass under the bridge and the roadway will be reduced to one lane in each direction using a combination of striping and barrels to guide traffic through the site. 

“Once finished, this project will extend this bridge’s life for decades to come and also include accommodations for cycling and pedestrian networks.  As we continue to make improvements like these, we are ensuring that this bridge will reflect the multiple uses that we expect in our infrastructure today,” said Frank DePaola, MassDOT Highway Divsion Administrator.  

Approximately $400 million in ABP funds have been allocated for the seven Charles River bridges.  This is the third bridge rehabilitation project to get underway following the completion of the Craigie Dam Bridge and the Craigie Drawbridge. 

Finished in 1915, the existing bridge was built by Larz Anderson, who named the bridge the “Anderson Memorial Bridge” after his father, Nicholas Longworth Anderson.

Since taking office, Governor Deval Patrick has made historic investments in the Commonwealth’s transportation infrastructure to stimulate job growth and economic development. The Patrick-Murray Administration has doubled capital investment in road and bridge programs and created the $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program, the largest statewide infrastructure investment program ever.

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