For Immediate Release - October 25, 2012

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY JOINS MASSDOT TO CELEBRATE COMPLETION OF THE NEPONSET RIVER BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION

Bridge project reaches substantial completion; project finishing five months ahead of schedule

DORCHESTER – Thursday, October 25, 2012 – Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray and MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey today joined state and local officials to celebrate the completion of the Neponset River Bridge.

The milestone was ushered in with the removal of the barrels that have been staged to channel vehicles traveling over the bridge during construction, meaning drivers now have full use of the bridge.

"Governor Patrick and I are committed to working with cities and towns to invest in critical infrastructure improvements," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "In working with both Quincy and Boston through the state’s Accelerated Bridge Program, we are finishing major renovations to the Neponset River Bridge Project ahead of schedule and look forward to future economic growth opportunities and a better quality of life for the community."

Some minor finish work and punch-list items remain, however any lane restrictions will be done during off-peak travel periods and will not affect normal commuting hours.

The project, which began in February 2010, was a $33.7 million reconstruction of the structurally deficient bridge. Funded by the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program, the project was originally scheduled to be fully complete in August 2013, however, because of an aggressive construction schedule, it will now finish in March 2013 – five months ahead of its original schedule.

“The Neponset River Bridge is a critical link between Quincy and Boston, and we’re excited to see this finish ahead of schedule,” said Secretary Davey. “I want to thank our District 6 Construction team and our contractor JF White for their hard work in finishing early.”

“Through the Accelerated Bridge Program we have been able to make substantial progress in addressing the backlog of structurally deficient bridges,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. “With this project reaching substantial completion, we have now reduced the total number of bridges that need repairs by close to 20 percent.”

“I applaud the efforts of all those involved in completing the reconstruction of the Neponset River bridge months ahead of schedule as it will bring much anticipated relief to the 60,000 to 70,000 daily commuters who have suffered through nearly three years of traffic gridlock during construction,” said State Senator Jack Hart. “Additionally, this bridge with its newly widened sidewalks and enhanced lighting will now for the first time allow pedestrians and bicyclists a safe and convenient means to commute between Dorchester and Quincy.”

“I appreciate MassDOT’s willingness to work with the City of Quincy to limit traffic disruptions and reduce abutter impacts as much as possible,” said State Senator John Keenan. “The Neponset River Bridge is a critical link between Quincy and Boston and is another example of the state’s commitment to rebuilding our infrastructure.” 

“I am so pleased to join Lieutenant Governor Murray and the MassDOT team today to celebrate the Neponset River Bridge.  Improving the safety and accessibility of this bridge has increased recreational and transit options for our residents and strengthened our connection with the neighboring community of Quincy," said State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry. “The bridge is an important piece of the Neponset River Greenway Project and its success illustrates the many benefits offered by the greenway. Today only reinvigorates our commitment to completing the missing links of the entire Neponset River Greenway and Trail, increasing access for all our communities lucky enough to have this incredible natural resource close to home.”

“It is important that Quincy legislators continue to capitalize on the state funding necessary to repair our bridges and roadways for the future of our economic development,” said State Representative Bruce Ayers.

“Quincy residents traveling Hancock Street and Quincy Shore Drive have been very patient and understanding with the delays during construction of this bridge,” said State Representative Tackey Chan. “We are pleased it is completed and it represents a modern entryway into Quincy for both drivers and pedestrians.”

“Governor Patrick and Lt. Gov. Murray have built Massachusetts into a national model for investing in our critical public infrastructure, and the ahead-of-schedule and on-budget completion of the Neponset River Bridge is a great testament to the Administration’s ongoing commitment to protecting and improving our transportation infrastructure in Quincy and across the Commonwealth,” said Mayor Thomas P. Koch of Quincy.  

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