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Gov Patrick Hines Bridge, July 7, 2011 Governor Deval Patrick today joined state and local officials at the 1st Lieutenant Derek S. Hines Memorial Bridge project over the Merrimack River in Amesbury-Newburyport to highlight the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Massachusetts Works program to promote job growth and long-term economic recovery.

The $34 million project includes construction of a new bridge to carry Main Street over the Merrimack River along with reconstruction of the roadway approaches. The new bridge is a moveable span to allow marine traffic to navigate up and down the river. The project is using innovative “design-build” construction project procurement techniques to reduce the construction timeline. The bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in mid-2012 with final completion in early 2013.

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. Lt. Hines grew up in Newburyport and Amesbury. MassDOT and the contractor have worked closely with the Hines family and state representatives on a proposal 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.

The 2011 MassDOT road and bridge construction effort will invest $931 million in approximately 450 road and bridge repair projects.

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