The signature Fore River Bridge Replacement Project in Quincy-Weymouth is moving forward. The MassDOT Board of Directors has awarded a $244.6 million design-build contract to White-Skanska Koch, J.V. The new Fore River Bridge carrying Route 3A over the Fore River is one of the Accelerated Bridge Program's Mega Projects.
“The action taken by the Board today allows MassDOT to continue delivering on the Patrick-Murray Administration’s pledge of job creation and infrastructure investment for the benefit of our current and future customers,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey.
MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola said, “The new vertical lift moveable bridge will allow for two lanes of traffic in each direction and will incorporate our Complete Streets vision with five foot bikes lanes and six and a half foot sidewalks on each side.”
The Fore River Bridge Replacement Project is one of five MassDOT Mega Projects in the Patrick-Murray Administration’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP). The Kenneth F. Burns Bridge Replacement Project in Worcester-Shrewsbury begins major construction next week. Bid openings are scheduled within the next six months and construction begins in 2013 for the following:
* Whittier Bridge over the Merrimack River I-95 Improvement Project, Amesbury, Salisbury and Newburyport
* Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project over the Charles River
* Route 79/I-195 Improvement Project, Fall River, aka ‘Spaghetti Ramps’
As of June 1, 2012 the ABP Program has completed 90 bridge projects, with another 72 bridge projects currently in construction, and an additional 25 bridge projects scheduled to start construction within the next year.