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.
Governor Patrick Signs “Boston Strong” License Plate Bill posted on Apr 18
Governor Deval Patrick today signed legislation creating a Massachusetts “Boston Strong” license plate. The legislation directs the Registry of Motor Vehicles to establish a license plate memorializing the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings adorned with the phrase “Boston Strong.” All proceeds from sales of …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Signs “Boston Strong” License Plate Bill
Whittier Bridge I-95 Update: River Boaters Notice posted on Apr 18
The Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project continues through the 2014 boating season. Much of the work this season to construct the new northbound span of the Whittier Bridge is taking place from the Merrimack River to the immediate east of the existing bridge. Several large barges, …Continue Reading Whittier Bridge I-95 Update: River Boaters Notice
Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set posted on Apr 17
Please join MassDOT at a public meeting for an update on construction progress on the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project, as follows: Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Heritage State Park Auditorium, 200 Davol Street, Fall River The meeting will include an opportunity …Continue Reading Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set