accelerated bridge replacement


A program to repair structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts is about to run out of money.  Legislators point to the renovation of the Willimansett Bridge in western Massachusetts as one of the program’s success stories.

Horns blared and people cheered as the steel truss bridge spanning the Connecticut River between Holyoke and Chicopee reopened to traffic Thursday afternoon following a four- year renovation.

The traffic was music to the ears of Fiore Santaniello, owner of Capri Pizza located just a few blocks down Cabot Street off the Holyoke side of the bridge.

An elevated portion of highway in Springfield, Ma.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced funding today for a massive transportation project in western Massachusetts.

   Governor Deval Patrick announced $200 million will be spent to replace deteriorating concrete decks on the elevated section of Interstate 91 in downtown Springfield while simultaneously studying the possibility of depressing a portion of the highway to street level or below.

   Patrick announced the project during a speech at a lunch hosted by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield.


A new state program has been successful in reducing the backlog of urgently needed repairs to Massachusetts bridges.  Innovative construction methods have reduced the amount of time it once took to make repairs.

   The Manhan River Bridge in Easthampton is one of the current projects in the  state’s 5-year- old $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program.   MassDOT  Highway Administrator Frank DePaola said the program prioritizes repairing structurally deficient bridges.