The Patrick-Murray Administration's innovative Pleasant Street Bridge project in Grafton has received the top Project Achievement Award for infrastructure projects valued at less than $10 million by the Construction Management Association of America, New England Chapter.
The award-winning $5 million Grafton project over the Blackstone River, funded by Governor Deval Patrick's historic $3 billion, eight-year Accelerated Bridge Program and managed by MassDOT, reopened to traffic in July 2009, left, many months earlier than planned thanks to an innovative Design/Build streamlined process.
The Pleasant Street Bridge project included numerous innovations, including design-build contract delivery, contract incentives for early completion, water diversion structures to allow substructure construction, and precast bridge structural elements.
The annual Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Awards are given to infrastructure and construction projects of varying sizes based on project value. The Awards Committee composed of professional construction managers considers safety, quality and cost management, innovation and creativity, and customer satisfaction in choosing the winning projects. CMAA has 6,000 members nationwide.
The Grafton project was the first of 15 current and future MassDOT projects already identified for the design/build delivery method. Others include the six-bridge reconstruction project along Interstate 495 in Lowell; the Whittier Bridge on Interstate 95 in Amesbury/Salisbury; and the Fore River Bridge in Quincy/Weymouth.
Check Accelerated Bridge Program progress on the web.
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