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.