MassHighway Commissioner Luisa Paiewonsky joined the ribbon-cutting for the Pleasant Street Bridge in Grafton, now open to traffic and a successful project as part of Governor Patrick's $3 billion, eight-year Accelerated Bridge Program.
Using an innovative Design/Build streamlined construction process, MassHighway was able to open the bridge to traffic many months earlier than the normal construction timeframe. Construction is still underway to complete the $5 million bridge replacement project over the Blackstone River, and drivers are urged to use caution.
The design/build process cuts project completion times dramatically by compressing the traditional design-bid-build construction process into a system in which one contractor is responsible for design and construction of a project. View a photo slideshow of the Grafton project on the interactive Accelerated Bridge Program website.
The Accelerated Bridge Program will reduce the number of structurally-deficient bridges and create thousands of engineering and construction jobs, providing long term savings in avoided inflation and deferred maintenance costs.