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Amesbury Hines Bridge Reopens, August 6, 2012The newly constructed Hines Bridge carrying Main Street over the Merrimack River in Amesbury reopened to traffic this afternoon.  

The existing bridge was closed to traffic in November 2010 to allow the construction of a new replacement bridge. 

The $34 million bridge replacement is a federally-funded MassDOT design-build project that included complete replacement of the bridge superstructure and the majority of the substructure along with new electrical and mechanical components for the moveable spans.

The new bridge is a four-span superstructure with two fixed approach spans and two pivoting middle spans.  The Design/Build Team was led by Barletta Heavy Division, Inc. from Canton and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. from Watertown.

The bridge was renamed in 2006 in honor of 1ST LT Derek S. Hines of Newburyport who died on September 1, 2005, in Baylough, Afghanistan, when his unit was conducting security operations and came under attack by enemy forces.  Hines was assigned to the 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Vicenza, Italy.

Learn more by visiting the Hines Memorial Bridge Project website.

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