Governor Deval Patrick today joined MassDOT and local officials at the "Heavy Lift" project in Wellesley to highlight the Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair and replace structurally-deficient bridges across the Commonwealth. This "Heavy Lift" project will replace the entire Cedar Street Bridge over Route 9 over in a single weekend in July, and is one of the more than 450 road and bridge projects underway in Massachusetts during the 2011 construction season.
MassDOT contractors will complete the $4 million Cedar Street Bridge project using accelerated “design-build” bridge construction methods to build and install the replacement bridge superstructure.
The replacement superstructure is being built in the work area immediately northeast of the existing bridge and entirely outside of the roadway. Weather permitting, on Friday, July 1 at 10:00 PM, MassDOT will close the portion of Route 9 and Cedar Street within the work area, demolish the existing superstructure, and move the new replacement superstructure into place with special remote-controlled machines, all within a 72-hour time period. Detours will be in place during the process from July 1st at 10:00 pm till July 4th at 10:00 pm.
The Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP) is an unprecedented 8-year, $3 billion investment to rebuild structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts. The program has reduced the number of structurally deficient bridges by more than 15% from 543 to 458. Forty two ABP projects are complete, 69 are in progress, and 28 are scheduled to begin this year.
FY 2011's $931 million construction program includes $550 million in the Statewide Road and Bridge Program, $208 million in the Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program, and $173 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment funds. This funding builds on previous record annual investments and is nearly double the amount spent on infrastructure projects in 2007.
In calendar year 2010, MassDOT projects created or sustained an estimated 30,000 jobs, with that job creation trend expected to continue in 2011.