GOVERNOR PATRICK HIGHLIGHTS INNOVATIVE MASSDOT "FAST14" PROJECT IN MEDFORD
Accelerated Bridge Program Project Creates Jobs, Minimizes Traffic Disruption during Bridge Reconstructions
Governor Patrick sits down with MassDOT employees in their weekly meeting before touring the Fast 14 project headquarters, Tuesday, July 19, 2011. (Photo: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office)
BOSTON -- Tuesday, July 19, 2011 -- Governor Deval Patrick today joined state and local officials in Medford at the I-93 "Fast14" project headquarters to highlight the innovative project that will replace 14 bridges along I-93 through Medford this summer. The "Fast14" project, funded by the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program, (ABP) is helping to create jobs while rebuilding our transportation infrastructure in communities across the Commonwealth.
During today's visit, Governor Patrick congratulated project staff on nine successful bridge reconstructions and received a project update on remaining work to be completed this summer.
"Fast14 is one of the most ambitious and innovative infrastructure projects in the nation, and is a perfect example of the lasting investments we are making in infrastructure projects across the state," said Governor Patrick. "I want to thank the MassDOT employees and construction crews for their outstanding work on this project and look forward to its completion in just a few short weeks."
"Our administration's Accelerated Bridge Program provides MassDOT with the tools and resources to complete projects that are innovative, flexible, on time and on budget," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "The Governor's visit to the Fast14 project site today highlights the efficiency and hard work of the project employees and also an infrastructure project that is helping to improve transportation for communities in this part of the state."
This weekend, the $98.1 million Fast14 project successfully passed the mid-point of its schedule in the 6th weekend of major construction. Over the course of the summer, bridge superstructures are being removed and replaced during weekends only, with two lanes open in each direction on I-93 in Medford from 8pm on Friday evenings through 5am on Monday mornings.
The Medford I-93 "Fast14" bridges project received national attention this past weekend during a project Showcase hosted by MassDOT, which included an on-site review by Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez.
"Administrator Mendez saw first-hand the results of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor's commitment to finding innovative ways to address the longstanding backlog of structurally-deficient bridge projects," said MassDOT Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeff Mullan. "Instead of up to five years of construction and traffic disruptions, we are well on our way to replacing 14 bridges in one summer of weekends in Medford."
The Patrick-Murray Administration's ABP is an historic 8-year, $3 billion investment to repair the Commonwealth's structurally deficient bridges. To date, the ABP has reduced the number of structurally deficient bridges from 543 to 458, a decrease of almost 16 percent. Since its inception in 2008, the ABP has created over 2,713 construction contractor jobs and sustained an additional 4,179 jobs.
The Administration's road and bridge construction investments total $931 million in 2011, creating thousands of jobs and improving our infrastructure through road and bridge repair and reconstruction. 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.