The 1st Lieutenant Derek S. Hines Memorial Bridge, which connects Newburyport with Amesbury, was built in 1966 on the granite abutments, pivot pier, and rest piers of an earlier bridge, constructed in approximately 1882. Hines Bridge was scheduled for reconstruction after a barge hit it in November 2008. The new bridge will consist of a four-span superstructure with two fixed approach spans and two pivoting middle spans.
The reconstruction of Hines Bridge is a design-build project being undertaken by MassDOT with federal funds. This project will encompass the complete replacement of the bridge superstructure and the majority of the substructure. The reconstruction includes replacement of the swing span and both approach spans, replacement of the south abutment and all intermediate piers, seismic retrofit of the north abutment, replacement of mechanical and electrical systems, rehabilitation of the existing tender house, and all associated roadway approach work.
The 1st Lieutenant Derek S. Hines Memorial Bridge was renamed in 2006 in honor of 1st Lt. Derek S. Hines, 25, of Newburyport, Mass., who died on Sept. 1, 2005, in Baylough, Afghanistan, when his unit was conducting security operations and came under attack by enemy forces. Hines was assigned to the 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Vicenza, Italy.
Contract Value: $30,700,000.00
Contract Duration: 3 years