Amesbury, Newburyport, and Salisbury honor fallen U.S. soldier; Bridge Project using Innovative “Design-Build” Construction Techniques
AMESBURY – Monday, August 13, 2012 -- Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined the Hines family and state and local officials for the dedication ceremony of the 1st Lieutenant Derek S. Hines Memorial Bridge in Amesbury. The bridge, which opened to traffic on Monday, August 6, had been closed since November 15, 2010 when construction began.
“Massachusetts is proud to honor our veterans and pay respect to those fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our country’s freedom,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray, Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services. “We dedicate this bridge that connects our communities and families as we come together to remember 1st Lieutenant Hines, a native of Newburyport, for his service and dedication to his community, Commonwealth, and country.”
The Hines Bridge was a $34 million effort to replace a structurally deficient swing bridge. The bridge carries Main Street over the Merrimack River and connects Deer Island with Amesbury to the north and Newburyport to the south. The project was constructed using an innovative design-build construction technique that reduced the construction timeline.
“Through the leadership of Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray, this Administration has made investment in our infrastructure a top priority,” said Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Richard Davey. “By working with communities on both sides of the bridge, as well as with the Hines family, we are able to dedicate a finished product that we can all be proud of.”
The Hines Bridge was named after 1st Lieutenant Derek S. Hines, a 25-year-old Army Ranger who was killed in 2005 during a firefight in Afghanistan. Lieutenant Hines grew up in Newburyport and Amesbury. MassDOT and the contractor have worked closely with the Hines family and state representatives on a proposal to include a pedestal with a memorial plaque that will be installed on the pedestrian overlook constructed as part of the project.
“There is no greater sacrifice a person can make than to give their life in defense of our nation and its citizens,” said Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Coleman Nee. “The 1st Lieutenant Derek S. Hines Bridge will honor Derek’s sacrifice, and serve as a reminder to all of his bravery and patriotism on behalf of a grateful Commonwealth and nation.”
"I was proud to sponsor the legislation with former Senator Steven Baddour to name this the Memorial Bridge for 1st Lieutenant Hines and collaborate with MassDOT and the Hines Family," said State Representative Michael A. Costello. "Since 1792, five structures have spanned this site. With today's dedication to Derek, this bridge becomes an enduring symbol of honor and love."
"We are all very pleased that the Commonwealth has seen fit to add the enhancements that make this span a worthy memorial to 1st Lieutenant Hines. Derek's parents are each from Newburyport and Amesbury. How appropriate, that we will always remember his sacrifice through this bridge that also connects our two communities," said Amesbury Mayor Thatcher W. Kezer III.
“It is fitting today that we dedicate this bridge to honor the ultimate sacrifice given by 1st Lieutenant Derek Hines. As we approach the anniversary of his tragic passing, the bridge and the plaque will stand as a tribute to his bravery. The Hines family has worked through these difficult years dealing with the loss of their son and we come together as officials and community members to say thank you,” said Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday.
MassDOT is using the design-build method on numerous projects to combine the traditional design-bid-build method into a single item with contractors responsible for design and construction of a project. Working together, design and construction teams are able to complete projects within shorter timelines.
The 2011 road and bridge construction effort will invest $931 million in road and bridge repair projects, creating thousands of jobs and improving our infrastructure.
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