For Immediate Release - June 09, 2011


Cutting Edge Construction Technology at Fitchburg Site Makes Bridge Construction More Efficient, Faster

FITCHBURG - Thursday, June 9, 2011 - Governor Deval Patrick today joined administration officials, Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong, Representative Steven DiNatale and construction workers at the Scott Reservoir Outlet bridge project in Fitchburg to highlight the use of innovative "Bridge-in-a-Backpack" construction technology, the first site in Massachusetts to use the new methods. The bridge project is funded by the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally-deficient bridges across the Commonwealth.

"This is a perfect example of cutting edge technology serving practical need," said Senator Jennifer Flanigan. "We are so grateful to the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor for making Fitchburg's Scott Road Bridge a priority."

|The project achieved a major milestone this week when the structural arches of the replacement bridge were installed. The arches, made of ultralight composite material, were carried into place by a group of five workers without the help of expensive and potentially dangerous machinery.

MassDOT contractors anticipate substantial completion of the project by late July, just 70 days after the original closing of the bridge. The bridge will be re-opened to traffic no later than July 26th.

The "Bridge-in-a-Backpack" construction methodology has been proven to be safe for workers and cost efficient. Completed bridges are highly durable and weather resistant due to the unique materials used in construction.

The Accelerated Bridge Program is an unprecedented 8-year, $3 billion investment in the Commonwealth's bridges and workers. Already, the program has helped reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges by more than 15 percent. In calendar year 2010, MassDOT projects created or sustained an estimated 30,000 jobs, a trend expected to continue throughout 2011.

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