The temporary Fore River Bridge that’s positioned between Weymouth and Quincy won’t be up for much longer.
“It’ll be so nice not to have that digital thing stuck up there saying, ‘Bridge is opening,”" said Weymouth Mayor Sue Kay
Mayor Kay was one of many who helped break ground Friday on the start of construction to permanently replace the Fore River Bridge.
Carrying a $240 million price tag, the project is being funded through the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program. State Representative Ron Mariano, has represented parts of Weymouth and Quincy for the last 21-years. He’s been a leader in the project and believes the Fore River Bridge wouldn’t have been replaced without the state program.
“We used to lobby anyone who would listen to us about the importance of this bridge as an economic connection to the lower half of the South Shore: the Hinghams, the Hulls. This is vital. If you’ve traveled it at rush hour you know how many people are struggling to get through this bridge to get to Boston. It is the lifeline of the South Shore,” explained Representative Mariano
The temporary bridge has been in place for the last 10-years. The Fore River channel will be widened to accommodate vessels and so will the bridge but to accommodate bicycle lanes and sidewalks. The new vertical lift bridge will also be higher in order to reduce the number of openings for sailboats.
Construction of the new Fore River Bridge is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016.
Temporary Fore River Bridge that is now in place
Governor Deval Patrick
MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey with Governor Patrick