In August 2008, Governor Patrick signed legislation creating the Accelerated Bridge Program. A joint venture of MassHighway and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the program will invest nearly $3 billion to repair and replace Massachusetts bridges and reduce by at least 250 the number of structurally-deficient bridges by 2016. The program will create thousands of engineering and construction jobs and provide long term savings in avoided inflation and deferred maintenance costs.
50th ABP Project Advertised
Just 8 months into the Accelerated Bridge Program, the 50th project has been advertised- a $762,365 bridge replacement in Ashburnham. This project involves the replacement of the bridge superstructure at Lake Road over the Watatic Lake Outlet.
The program includes bridges of every type and size, small projects such as the Ashburnham bridge and mega-projects like the Whittier Bridge in Amesbury that is estimated at over $200 million. Some projects involve preservation work aimed at doing less costly repairs that will prolong the life of the bridge and improve the overall bridge health index of the Commonwealth. ,.
To date, the Accelerated Bridge Program has advertised:
• 44 MassHighway projects totaling $207 million.
• 6 Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) projects totaling $77 million.
Accelerated Bridge Map
The Accelerated Bridge Program has launched an interactive map displaying all projects that are part of the program across the Commonwealth. As the map shows, the Accelerated Bridge Program will touch all corners and significant corridors across the Commonwealth. In addition to strengthening bridges across the Commonwealth, these projects will boost the economy by producing thousands of jobs.
By clicking on any of the bubbles on the map, details and photographs of the projects will be displayed so you can see impacts in your community. The program spans eight years. The map shows the 50 advertised projects as well as those planned for the life of the program.
In the future we will launch additional features such as project summaries and progress updates as projects get underway. Visit the Accelerated Bridge web site here.
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