GLOUCESTER (Wednesday, August 8, 2012)---Today, the MassDOT Board of Directors awarded a contract for the replacement of the Fore River Bridge, one of the Accelerated Bridge Program's featured "Mega Projects." The Bridge carries Route 3A over the Fore River and links the communities of Quincy and Weymouth.
"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.
The contract was awarded to White-Skanska Koch, J.V. in the amount of $244.6 million. White-Skanska was the lowest of three bidders who participated in the design-build procurement process.
"The current bridge has served commuters well beyond its useful life," said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. "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 within the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP). In Worcester and Shrewsbury, the Kenneth F. Burns Bridge Replacement Project is under construction. Within the next six months, bid openings are scheduled for MassDOT's remaining Mega Projects. All will be in the construction phase in 2013:
- The Whittier Bridge over the Merrimack River and I-95 Improvement Project in Amesbury, Salisbury and Newburyport
- The Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project over the Charles River
- The Route 79/I-195 Improvement Project in 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. Over the course of the eight year program, more than 200 bridges are planned to be replaced or repaired.
Since 2008, the number of former MassHighway and Dept. of Conservation and Recreation structurally deficient bridges has dropped from 543 to 439, a decline of 19.2 percent.
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