Governor Deval Patrick today joined state and local officials at the Dorchester Avenue reconstruction project at Glover’s Corner in Dorchester to announce that the 2011 road and bridge construction effort will invest $931 million in road and bridge repair projects, creating thousands of jobs and improving our infrastructure.
The 2011 road and bridge funds administered by MassDOT build on previous record annual investments and are nearly double the amount spent in 2007. The annual construction program includes approximately 450 projects, including 300 active construction projects and 150 maintenance projects.
“We are literally building a legacy of investing for the future in communities across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Patrick.
The $15.6 million Dorchester Avenue project is reconstructing the busy Dorchester Avenue corridor at 15 intersections, with major road, traffic signal, and sidewalk crossing improvements. The project began in 2010 and is on time and on budget, with completion expected in fall 2012.
Fiscal 2011's statewide $931 million capital program includes $550 million in the Statewide Road and Bridge Program, $208 million in the Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program, and $173 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment funds.
The Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP) is an unprecedented investment in reducing the number of structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts. Already, the program has reduced the number of structurally deficient bridges from 543 to 458, a cut of more than 15%. Forty two ABP projects are complete, 69 are in progress, and 28 are scheduled to begin this year.
Among the other major projects under construction in 2011:
• The $57.5 million Great River Bridge project in Westfield, with a new bridge over the Westfield River and reconstruction of the existing historic bridge.
• The $36.8 million innovative “Design-Build” I-495 Bridge Bundle project in Lowell and Tewksbury.
• The Charles River Basin bridge projects, including the Craigie Drawbridge and rehabilitation of the historic Longfellow Bridge.
• The $35 million Neponset River Bridge Phase II project in Quincy.
• The $28.1 million reconstruction of the Hadley Overpass carrying Route 8 over the Hoosic River in North Adams.
• The “93Fast14” project to replace 14 bridge structures along I-93 in Medford, with all major work during weekends only in summer 2011.
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