Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez joined MassDOT Secretary Jeff Mullan along with state and local officials this weekend to review the Medford I-93 Bridges "93Fast14" project to replace I-93 bridges this summer. As part of the weekend 93Fast 14 Showcase, Administrator Mendez visited the Medford construction site along with MassDOT's Highway Operations Center.
The 93Fast14 project has reached the mid-point of the summer schedule and is in the 6th weekend of major construction. Bridge superstructures are removed and replaced during weekends only, with two lanes open in each direction on I-93 in Medford from 8pm on Friday evenings through 5am on Monday mornings. 93Fast14 is part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair the Commonwealth's structurally-deficient and obsolete bridges.
"This kind of innovation is exactly what President Obama means when he asks us to be smarter in the way we do business," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "Getting these bridges up and open to traffic quickly saves money and keeps traffic moving."
Building the bridges in sections off-site and installing them during limited 55-hour periods each weekend this summer allows MassDOT to minimize the impact on the traveling public. Administrator Mendez noted the $98 million MassDOT 93Fast14 Project is supported by a $1 million grant from the FHWA Highways for LIFE program which supports innovative technologies being used as part of the project, including accelerated bridge construction, prefabricated bridge elements and the design-build project delivery method, a contracting process that gives the designer/builder more responsibility and flexibility on the project.