The Patrick-Murray Administration announced that the Broadway Street Bridge over the Indian Head River connecting Hanover and Hanson opened today 20 months ahead of schedule. The project is part of Governor Deval Patrick's historic Accelerated Bridge Program to reverse years of neglect and significantly reduce the state's backlog of structurally deficient bridges.
The project replaced the existing deteriorated bridge built in 1907 and rebuilt in 1930. The original completion date for the $1.4 million project was May 2012. Last fall, MassDOT offered local officials and legislators a proposal to shorten the construction schedule and save $200,000 by changing to a precast bridge structure that eliminated construction in phases in favor of closing the bridge with detour. The work began in April and was completed in seven months, 20 months ahead of the original schedule.
Since the Patrick-Murray Administration filed legislation approved by the Legislature creating the $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP) in 2008, the number of structurally deficient bridges has dropped from 543 to 482, a decline of more than 10 percent. As a result of ABP alone, 24 bridge projects are already complete, with a total of 62 bridge projects scheduled for construction this season. Over the course of the program, at least 200 bridges will see active construction.
Together, the Patrick-Murray Administration's investment in roads and bridges has grown to $1.085 billion in fiscal year 2010 and will support more than 10,000 jobs on 385 separate projects across the state. At the same time, MassDOT reduced the time from construction contract advertisement to construction start by more than 43 percent – a drop from 218 days in 2008 to 124 days in 2009. For federal stimulus-funded projects, the timeline from construction contract advertisement to notice to proceed was reduced to 48 days, allowing MassDOT to put people to work on construction projects faster than ever before.
South Station Expansion: 1980s Renovation posted on Jan 31
The South Station Expansion project is about improving transportation service through more train tracks and redesigned platforms; upgraded switches, signals, and other infrastructure; and new passenger amenities. The proposed expansion will protect and prepare the station for future demand as other efforts have done over …Continue Reading South Station Expansion: 1980s Renovation
New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Public Meeting Set posted on Jan 29
MassDOT is conducting a study of the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Corridor, a bridge that spans New Bedford Harbor. The swing bridge connecting the communities of New Bedford and Fairhaven is functionally obsolete, constrains marine traffic, and its opening results in extensive vehicle delays. This study …Continue Reading New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Public Meeting Set
Winter Storm Update: Travel Ban Lifted, MBTA Open posted on Jan 28
The statewide travel ban has been lifted as of midnight. Motorists, especially those in the City of Boston and Eastern counties, are asked to use caution as MassDOT crews continue to plow and clear state roadways and ramps. Parking bans are still in effect in …Continue Reading Winter Storm Update: Travel Ban Lifted, MBTA Open