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The Fore River Bridge will be replaced through the Commonwealth's historic, $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP). Ending in 2016, this program will reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges across Massachusetts and prevent others from falling into this classification. Replacement of the Fore River Bridge is one of the most significant projects undertaken through this program. Innovative techniques are the hallmark of the ABP and include design/build construction, advanced project scheduled, new construction methods and a streamlined environmental process.

A Design/Build Project

Design/build construction methods will be used to speed construction of the new Fore River Bridge.  As opposed to traditional projects where contractors bid to construct a design already brought to completion by a design firm, the design/build team is chosen based on a best-value analysis using a design/build procurement process.  Led by a partnership between the firms of J.F. White and Skanska-Koch, the design/build team is responsible for progressing the 25% design to final design and constructing the project.  This approach allows for work to begin sooner with portions of the project already under construction while final design for other elements is still in progress.  This procurement method allows MassDOT to take advantage of the contractor’s expertise during final design.  Lastly, design/build jobs result in shorter construction schedules which helps to contain project costs. 

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