Governor Deval Patrick today joined state and local officials in Medford at the “93Fast14” project headquarters to highlight the innovative project that will replace 14 bridges along I-93 through Medford this summer. The "93Fast14" project, funded by the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program, is helping to create jobs while rebuilding transportation infrastructure in communities across the Commonwealth.
During today's visit, Governor Patrick congratulated project staff on nine successful bridge reconstructions and received a project update on remaining work to be completed this summer.
This past weekend, the $98.1 million 93Fast14 project to replace 14 bridge superstructures during the summer of 2011 successfully passed the mid-point of the schedule in the 6th weekend of major construction. Bridge superstructures are removed and replaced during weekends only, with two lanes open in each direction on I-93 in Medford from 8pm on Friday evenings through 5am on Monday mornings.
The Medford I-93 "93Fast14" bridges project received national attention this past weekend during a project Showcase hosted by MassDOT, which included an on-site review by Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez.
The Patrick-Murray Administration's Accelerated Bridge Program is an historic 8-year, $3 billion investment to repair the Commonwealth’s structurally deficient bridges. To date, the program has reduced the number of structurally deficient bridges from 543 to 458, a decrease of almost 16%. Since its inception in 2008, the ABP has created over 2,713 construction contractor jobs and sustained an additional 4,179 jobs.
The Administration's road and bridge construction investments total $931 million in 2011, building on previous record annual investments and nearly double the amount spent in 2007. The MassDOT annual construction program includes approximately 450 projects.