The Patrick-Murray Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP) has received a national award for innovation in project management.
The 2011 Francis B. Francois Award for Innovation by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) honors ABP, administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), for “innovative program management, project development, and construction technologies and methods.”
“I’m proud to see national transportation experts recognizing the innovative work being done here in Massachusetts,” said Gov. Deval Patrick. “The Accelerated Bridge Program is doing exactly as envisioned, addressing the previous neglect of our bridges while putting thousands of people to work.”
AASHTO cited as an example of innovation MassDOT’s groundbreaking “93Fast14” project that replaced 14 bridges on Interstate 93 in Medford during 10 weekends in June, July, and August. The project used prefabricated bridge sections and completed bridge replacements between Friday evening and Monday morning each weekend to minimize traffic disruption.
“MassDOT applies innovation, efficiency and effectiveness when working to repair structurally deficient bridges and improve transportation infrastructure across the state,” said Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray. “From the 14 bridges replaced in Medford to the Phillipston and Wellesley ‘heavy lift’ projects, MassDOT continues to work towards these goals and completing projects that are both on time and on budget.”
“The Governor and Lieutenant Governor made investment in our transportation infrastructure a top priority from day one,” said MassDOT Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Richard A.