For Immediate Release - July 07, 2011

GOVERNOR PATRICK VISITS HINES BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION TO HIGHLIGHT ADMINISTRATION'S RECORD INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS

Bridge project using innovative "design-build" construction techniques

Hines Memorial Bridge

Scott Kelloway, District 4 Assistant Construction Engineer, discusses the construction prosess on the Hines Memorial Bridge with Governor Patrick, Thursday, July 7, 2011. (Photo: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office)

BOSTON -- Thursday, July 7, 2011 -- Governor Deval Patrick today joined state and local officials at the 1st Lieutenant Derek S. Hines Memorial Bridge project over the Merrimack River in Amesbury-Newburyport to highlight the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Massachusetts Works program to promote job growth and long-term economic recovery.

"The Hines Bridge project is a great example of our record investments in roads and bridges across the Commonwealth," said Governor Patrick. "This innovative construction project is creating jobs and will improve the community for decades to come."

The $34 million project includes construction of a new bridge to carry Main Street over the Merrimack River along with reconstruction of the roadway approaches. The new bridge is a moveable span to allow marine traffic to navigate up and down the river. The project is using innovative "design-build" construction project procurement techniques to reduce the construction timeline. The bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in mid-2012 with final completion in early 2013.

"Our Administration continues to invest in cities and towns across the state, and this area is seeing results first hand with the Hines Bridge project," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "We look forward to the continued work on this project, and providing improved infrastructure to the region."

The Hines Bridge was named after First Lieutenant Derek S. Hines, a 25-year-old Army Ranger who was killed in 2005 during a firefight in Afghanistan. Lt. Hines grew up in Newburyport and Amesbury. MassDOT and the contractor have worked closely with the Hines family and state representatives on a proposal to include a pedestal with a memorial plaque that will be installed on the pedestrian overlook constructed as part of the project.

MassDOT is using the design-build method on numerous projects to combine the traditional design-bid-build method into a single item with contractors responsible for design and construction of a project. Working together, design and construction teams are able to complete projects within shorter timelines.

"The Hines Bridge project is another example of our efforts to fulfill the Governor and Lieutenant Governor's goal of investing in our communities by repairing transportation infrastructure and reversing years of neglect. I am happy with the progress that is being made and extend my thanks to all of those involved in getting us to this point." said Jeffrey Mullan, MassDOT Secretary and CEO.

"During these uncertain economic times, minimizing the timeframe in which businesses and residents in Amesbury, Newburyport, and Salisbury are adversely affected makes expedited reconstruction of the Hines Bridge vital to the regional economy and quality of life. I am pleased that MassDOT listened to our concerns and created a new construction schedule to address these important issues," said Senator Steven A. Baddour.

"I am very pleased with the accelerated bridge project and the process that is improving bridges, access, and infrastructure in the Newburyport area," said Newburyport Mayor Donna D. Holaday.

The 2011 road and bridge construction effort will invest $931 million in road and bridge repair projects, creating thousands of jobs and improving our infrastructure.

The 2011 road and bridge funds administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation build on previous record annual investments and are nearly double the amount spent in 2007. The annual construction program includes approximately 450 projects, including 300 active construction projects and 150 maintenance projects.

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