“These two projects are true capstones of the Accelerated Bridge Program,” MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey said in a release. “These projects accommodate our multi-modal society with the inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Furthermore, they represent the kind of investments that have not only rebuilt our bridges for the next generation, but have also created thousands of jobs and economic opportunity.”
The Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project is one of five Accelerated Bridge Program projects known as “mega projects” by MassDOT. All but one, the Fall River Interchange Improvement Project at I-195, Route 79 and Route 138, have been awarded to contractors. Two of them, the Burns Bridge in Worcester/Shrewsbury and the Fore River Bridge linking Quincy and Weymouth, are under construction.
Since 2008, the number of structurally deficient bridges has dropped from 543 to 436, a decline of 19.7 percent. As of Jan. 1, the ABP Program has completed 121 bridge projects, with another 48 bridge projects currently under construction and an additional 20 bridge projects scheduled to start within the next year. Over the course of the eight-year, $3 billion program, well over 200 bridges are planned to be replaced or repaired, according to MassDOT.