MassDOT’s innovative Bay Street Bridge Project in Taunton today received an award in the “Under Budget” category in the northeast regional America’s Transportation Awards competition. Highway Division District 5 staff accepted the award at the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials 2014 conference in New Hampshire.
The America’s Transportation Awards competition by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) showcases outstanding and innovative transportation projects nationwide.
The Bay Street Bridge Project in Taunton completed in late 2012 benefits both commuters and the environment. The project used accelerated bridge construction techniques to replace the structurally deficient bridge that carries Bay Street over the Mill River. MassDOT contractors cast prefabricated bridge units made of steel and concrete and erected them by crane in just half of one day.
The new, wider bridge is located just south of Lake Sabbatia, which could provide spawning and nursing habitat for a large population of Alewives, Blueback Herring and American Eels. The former Morey’s dam, located almost underneath the bridge, did not allow fish passage. The project replaces the dam and the new dam includes an eel ramp and fish ladder.
MassDOT designed the bridge, dam, and fish ladder and eel ramp, seen at left, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.
The Division of Marine Fisheries will monitor fish passage using one of the first video counting systems to be installed in Massachusetts. A population of alewives and blueback herring could return in as little as three years following removal of downstream dams.
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