MassDOT's Fall River- Freetown Route 24 Interchange 8B project and the TranSystems firm received the 2012 Gold Award for Outstanding Design Excellence by ACEC, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts.
The $35 million project completed and opened in January 2012 created a new exit and interchange, 8B, between the existing exits 8 and 9 on Route 24 in Freetown, funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The project will reduce congestion at exits 8, 9 and South Main Street while providing access to the new Fall River Executive Park.
The project work began in early 2010 and was completed on schedule in less than two years. To speed construction and minimize the disruption to the traveling public, MassDOT used an expedited design/build approach to construction management.
In addition, MassDOT's 2011 Accelerated Bridge Program project, 93Fast14, and the Tetra Tech firm received the ACEC Grand Conceptor Award. The project replaced 14 bridge superstructures along I-93 in Medford during just 10 summer weekends in 2011.