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Medford, MA Bridge Project Sets Precedent For Traffic Alleviation During Construction

President Obama has challenged the nation to come up with more creative and efficient ways to do their work. In Massachusetts the Building Trades’ work on the 93Fast14 project has been gaining attention for doing just that. The Patrick/Murray administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program has been an excellent example of how business can be done better.

The 93Fast14 project has reached the mid-point of the summer schedule and is in the 6th weekend of major construction. Bridge superstructures are 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 plan allows the road to be used during construction, which alleviates the problems involved with excess traffic. The roads are still able to be used efficiently and the quality of work in no way suffers.

Building the bridges in sections off-site and installing them during limited 55-hour periods each weekend this summer allows MassDOT to minimize the impact on the traveling public. Administrator Mendez noted the $98 million MassDOT 93Fast14 Project is supported by a $1 million grant from the FHWA Highways for LIFE program which supports innovative technologies being used as part of the project, including accelerated bridge construction, prefabricated bridge elements and the design-build project delivery method, a contracting process that gives the designer/builder more responsibility and flexibility on the project.


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