BOSTON -- Monday, February 6, 2012 -- The Patrick-Murray Administration today announced its plan to reconstruct the Anderson Memorial Bridge, funded by the Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP) to repair or replace structurally-deficient bridges across the Commonwealth. The project is one of several bridge projects funded by ABP along the Charles River Basin, including the Longfellow and Boston University (BU) Bridge projects.
The $20 million project approved last week by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors will rehabilitate the historic Anderson Memorial Bridge, often known as the "Larz Anderson Bridge," a critical transportation link connecting Cambridge and Boston.
“The Charles River bridge projects are already well on their way to becoming a signature success story of the Accelerated Bridge Program, and I am pleased to see the Larz Anderson Bridge project move forward, creating jobs and leaving yet another lasting legacy of investment in the River basin,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey.
The Anderson Memorial Bridge project will repair deterioration, upgrade structural capacity and improve local street connections and accessibility, while preserving as many of the original bridge elements as possible. MassDOT will minimize disruptions to all bridge users and maintain access during construction, which will begin in spring 2012.
“The award-winning Accelerated Bridge Program is reversing the neglect of our state’s infrastructure while also showcasing MassDOT’s commitment to innovation and completing projects on time and on budget,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola.
Since the Accelerated Bridge Program began in 2008, the number of structurally deficient bridges has declined from 543 to 428, a 21% reduction. As of January 2012, ABP has completed 77 bridge projects, with another 67 bridge projects currently in construction, and 34 projects scheduled to start construction within the next year.
More than $400 million in Accelerated Bridge Program funding has been allocated to Charles River Basin projects, including the Craigie Dam Bridge and Drawbridge, Longfellow Bridge, B. U. Bridge, Western Avenue Bridge, River Street Bridge and Magazine Street Pedestrian Bridge. The Craigie project is complete and BU Bridge substantially complete, while the Longfellow Bridge and Magazine Pedestrian Bridge projects are ongoing and the Western and River Street projects are in design.
The Charles River Basin bridges serve a wide range of transportation users, including public transportation customers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers.