For Immediate Release - May 17, 2011

GOVERNOR PATRICK HIGHLIGHTS INNOVATIVE ACCELERATED BRIDGE PROGRAM PROJECT ON ROUTE 9 IN WELLESLEY

"Heavy Lift" Process to Replace Bridge in One Weekend, Among Unprecedented Transportation Investments Since 2007

Cedar Street Bridge Project 


Tuesday, May 17, 2011 -- Governor Patrick highlights the Administration's record investments in infrastructure at the Cedar Street Bridge "Heavy Lift" project site. Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office)

WELLESLEY - Tuesday, May 17, 2011- Governor Deval Patrick today joined transportation officials, local legislators and construction workers 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.

"This remarkable project will replace a 75-year old bridge literally in a matter of hours over one weekend, and is a perfect example of our Accelerated Bridge Program rebuilding infrastructure and putting people to work," said Governor Patrick.

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.

"Our Administration celebrated the first 'heavy lift' bridge replacement project last fall, and the process was proven very successful," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "We will continue to think innovatively as we work to deliver effective and efficient ways that will improve critical transportation infrastructure and service in cities and towns across the Commonwealth."

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 p.m., 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 p.m. till July 4th at 10 p.m.

"The Governor and Lieutenant Governor have placed the highest priority on repairing our neglected transportation infrastructure and doing so in a timely and efficient manner, and this latest "heavy lift" design-build project demonstrates our commitment to achieving these goals," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan.

"The accelerated bridge program is further evidence of the legislature and Patrick-Murray Administration's continued investment in infrastructure across the Commonwealth, and I look forward to reviewing the project site in Wellesley with Governor Patrick," said Representative Alice H. Peisch.

The Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP) is an unprecedented 8-year, $3 billion investment in the Commonwealth's bridges, which will dramatically reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts. Already, the program has reduced the number of structurally deficient bridges from 543 to 458, a cut of more than 15 percent. 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 Act 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.

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