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.
Lexington: Route 2 Bridges Project Update posted on Aug 21
MassDOT next week will begin preparations to replace the Route 2 Bridges over I-95 in Lexington by implementing a traffic shift on Route 2 east and westbound. The work to prepare for the shift requires lane closures from 8:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM …Continue Reading Lexington: Route 2 Bridges Project Update
Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase posted on Aug 20
Governor Deval Patrick today announced an agreement in principle allowing the Commonwealth to purchase the Knowledge Corridor rail line between East Northfield and Springfield from Pan Am Southern, a joint venture of Pan Am and Norfolk Southern. The 49-mile segment of rail is currently undergoing …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase
Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule posted on Aug 19
MassDOT announced the successful opening of the new Morton Street Bridge in Mattapan more than a full day ahead of the already accelerated schedule. The original structurally deficient bridge carrying Morton Street over the MBTA commuter rail tracks closed on Friday, August 8 for final …Continue Reading Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule