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Amesbury Hines Bridge, Lt. Governor Murray, August 13, 2012Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined the Hines family and state and local officials for the dedication ceremony of the First Lieutenant Derek S. Hines Memorial Bridge in Amesbury.  The bridge opened to traffic on August 6 and had been closed for construction since November 2010.

“Massachusetts is proud to honor our veterans and pay respect to those fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our country’s freedom,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray, Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services.

“We dedicate this bridge that connects our communities and families as we come together to remember First Lieutenant Hines, a native of Newburyport, for his service and dedication to his community, Commonwealth, and country.”

The $34 million Hines Bridge Project replaced the structurally deficient swing bridge carrying Main Street over the Merrimack River. The bridge connects Deer Island with Amesbury and Newburyport.  The project was constructed using an innovative design-build construction technique that reduced the construction timeline.

The Hines Bridge was named after First Lieutenant Derek S. Hines, a 25-year-old Army Ranger who was killed in 2005 during a firefight in Afghanistan. Lieutenant Hines grew up in Newburyport and Amesbury. MassDOT and the contractor have worked closely with the Hines family and state representatives to include a pedestal with a memorial plaque that will be installed on the pedestrian overlook constructed as part of the project.

MassDOT is using the design-build method on numerous projects to combine the traditional design-bid-build method into a single item with contractors responsible for design and construction of a project. Working together, design and construction teams are able to complete projects within shorter timelines.

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