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Marthas Vineyard Lagoon Pond BridgeMassDOT announced that ROADS & BRIDGES magazine has named the Lagoon Pond Drawbridge on Martha’s Vineyard to its list of Top 10 Bridge Projects for 2016.

A $43.7 million project, the Lagoon Pond Drawbridge is a 350-foot bascule bridge that it is opened and closed by a pivoting weight without any raised suspension supports. The construction was completed in two phases, beginning with a temporary bridge that opened in January, 2010, and then the permanent bridge which opened to traffic in November 2015.

The bridge was designed with significant attention given to traffic movement, marine safety, environmental considerations and the natural landscape. By increasing the vertical clearance under the bridge, minimizing approach spans and obstructions, shifting the location of the bridge, and creating a park area and enhanced pedestrian and cyclist access, the key stakeholders ensured they met all the needs of the local community.

This comprehensive project replaced the existing draw bridge which was constructed in 1935. The builders of the 1935 bridge predicted it would last roughly 75 years, an extraordinary prediction which was accurate within three years.

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