Governor Deval Patrick today joined local leaders at the Neponset River Bridge to highlight state investment in repairs to the bridge as part of the Administration's Massachusetts Works program promoting job growth and long-term economic recovery. The $35 million rehabilitation of the Neponset River Bridge, now underway, is funded by the Governor's historic eight-year, $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP) for repairing deficient and obsolete bridges across the Commonwealth."The Neponset River Bridge is a lifeline for tens of thousands of commuters and another example of how we are committed to making up for the decades of neglect facing our roads and bridges," said Governor Patrick. "The reconstruction of this important bridge will improve public safety and be a lasting symbol of our renewed investment in Commonwealth infrastructure for decades to come."
"We are not only repairing one of our most important and busiest bridges but are doing so while working very closely with state and City officials to manage traffic as efficiently as possible in order to reduce the impact on commuters and area residents during the construction period," said MassDOT Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan. Launched in April 2010, the Neponset River Bridge Phase II project will provide a full deck replacement, with the new bridge built to last 75 years. The project also includes improved pedestrian and bicycle access. Working in conjunction with the cities of Boston and Quincy, MassDOT implemented a traffic management plan that provides a third northbound lane across the majority of the bridge during the weekday morning commute. MassDOT held public meetings in Dorchester and Quincy to present the traffic plans prior to beginning of the work. View a YouTube video of MassDOT engineers explaining the traffic management plan below.
Since the inception of the Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP) in 2008, the number of structurally deficient bridges has dropped from 543 to 494, a decline of more than 9%. As a result of ABP alone, 13 bridge projects are already complete, with another 62 bridge projects scheduled for construction this coming season. Over the course of the program, at least 200 bridges will see active construction. To learn more about Massachusetts Works, visit www.mass.gov/governor/massworks. For additional information on how the Patrick-Murray Administration's agenda has led Massachusetts out of a global recession faster and stronger than the rest of the nation, visit www.mass.gov/governor/agenda.