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Becket Bridge 1 6NOV09 A Becket bridge replaced as part of Governor Patrick's Accelerated Bridge Program opens Monday, November 9, well ahead of the original schedule. 

The $850,000 project replaced the McNerney Road Bridge over Shaker Mill Brook.  The original 45-year old bridge was closed following a July 2007 inspection that found significant deterioration, causing a 4.5 mile detour for local motorists.

MassDOT's Highway Division accelerated the advertising with a contract bid in March and construction beginning in June 2009.  The contract with Roach & Sons included financial incentives based on accelerating work schedules that were met and exceeded.  The bridge was originally scheduled to open in late 2010.  Contract incentives targeted opening in December 2009.  The Becket bridge will now open instead on Monday following just 139 days of construction.  

Learn more about the eight-year, $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program to repair structurally-deficient bridges across the Commonwealth.

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