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MassDOT January
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January 23
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Boston, MA 02150
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MassDOT Adds Three Solar PV Systems to Renewable Energy Portfolio
Three Solar PV Systems

Two new ground-mount solar fields are approaching mechanical completion at MassDOT Highway D4 Salisbury Depot and an underutilized area adjacent to I-90 Exit 1.

These projects are part of MassDOT's ongoing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy costs.

View the entire solar fields blog post.

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January 6, 2017

Toll Plaza Demolition, Reconstruction Public Meetings Begin

aerial of toll plaza demolition zone

MassDOT has announced four public meetings to update the public on the status of the implementation of All Electronic Tolling and the progress of demolishing existing toll plaza infrastructure and reconstructing the roadway.

Representatives of MassDOT will discuss the construction progress in 23 work zones, timeline for completion, what to expect as the project moves into the spring and summer months and other issues.

These public meetings will be to receive feedback from users of I-90, (the Massachusetts Turnpike), and neighboring communities and to provide interchange specific information about what the traveling public can expect during 2017. All meetings will be held from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, January 11, Westborough Town Hall, 34 West Main Street

    Plaza Focus: Sturbridge / I-84, Worcester/Auburn/I-290, Worcester/Rt. 146, Worcester/Millbury, Westborough/I-495, Framingham, Natick/Rt. 30
    (If weather postpones the January 11 meeting, this meeting will be held January 25)

  • Wednesday , January 18, Brighton, WGBH Yawkey Theater, One Guest Street

    Plaza Focus: Weston, Allston/Brighton, Ted Williams Tunnel
    (If weather postpones the January 18 meeting, this meeting will be held January 26)

  • Monday, January 23, Northampton, District 2 Highway Office, 811 N. King Street

    Plaza Focus: Westfield, Westfield, West Springfield / I-91, Chicopee, Springfield / I-291 Ludlow, Palmer
    (If weather postpones the January 23 meeting, this meeting will be held January 24)

  • Tuesday, February 7, Lenox, District 1 Highway Office, 270 Main Street

    Plaza Focus: West Stockbridge and Lee
    (If weather postpones the February 7 meeting, this meeting will be held February 9)

Toll demolition and roadway reconstruction continues to proceed on schedule at all 23 work zones and Phase One work was completed ahead of schedule in time for the Thanksgiving holiday travel week, which reportedly saw less severe congestion than in previous years. During the winter months, as weather permits, construction activities will continue focusing on the toll plaza infrastructure that stands to the left and right of what had been the center areas of toll plazas.

Ongoing work also includes focusing on drainage issues in the area of former toll plazas and in some cases means the need to install catch basins and culverts. Other activities underway include repaving road surfaces and adding lighting, guardrail, and other safety features. This work will occur throughout the winter, as weather permits. Crews are working under more traditional construction hours, rather than the 24/7 schedule that was part of the first phase. Each of the 23 work zones has its own management, design, and construction plan. Activities are scheduled to be completed by the end of calendar year 2017 in all work zones.

If you are unable to attend a public meeting, a copy of the presentation will be available on the Toll Demolition Project web page. Public comments and questions may also be submitted by email AETinfo@dot.state.ma.us.

For accommodation or language assistance, please contact Katy Zazzera by phone (857) 368-8986 or by email (Kathryn.Zazzera@dot.state.ma.us).


Casey Arborway Project Update: Shea Square

Shea SquareThe Casey Arborway project continued to make progress towards completion in 2016. Among the milestones is the transition from Shea Circle to Shea Square.

Eastbound traffic (towards Franklin Park) and westbound traffic (towards the Arnold Arboretum) on the mainline Arborway will flow through Shea Square as a signalized intersection for the first time. Eastbound traffic from the frontage road passing in front of Arborway Gardens and the West Roxbury District Court will be introduced into Shea Square, ending the need for this traffic to detour via American Legion Highway to access Circuit Drive or the mainline Arborway westbound.

East of Shea Square, the new signal at Cemetery Road is operational, and by the end of December, both east and westbound traffic will travel along its permanent alignment between the Cemetery Road intersection and Shea Square. Installation of new drainage structures will continue along the Arborway adjacent to the Forest Hills Cemetery driveway into 2017.

The transition to Shea Square delivers important benefits. As signal control is initiated at the square, signals are coordinated from this location to the Arborway at South Street for the first time. New, signal protected crosswalks will also be initiated improving connections for cyclists and pedestrians traveling between points west, Franklin Park, and Forest Hills Cemetery.

Please check the Casey Arborway Project website for the latest information on project work through early 2017.


MassDOT to Drivers: "Don't Crowd the Plow"

Stay Alert, Stay Back, Stay SafeMassDOT announced its "Don't Crowd the Plow" campaign highlighting the serious need for drivers to exercise caution and give extra space to snow fighting equipment.

Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin was joined by Colonel Richard McKeon of the Massachusetts State Police and Director of Highway Safety for the Executive Office of Safety and Security Jeff Larason to discuss this important issue and the recent increase in vehicles striking snowplows.

"Our first priority is safety and every year we stress that drivers should slow down, give snow fighting equipment extra space, and devote their full attention to driving," said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "Travelers should recognize that the road conditions behind a plow are far better than the conditions in front of it, and they should avoid speeding up and passing snowplows and creating an unsafe situation for everyone on the roadway."

"So far this season, we have seen an increase in the number of snowplows and spreaders being struck by cars," said Highway Administrator Tinlin. "This can be a dangerous situation that threatens the safety of motorists as well as our MassDOT crews and contractors who are working hard to clear and treat the roadways to ensure safe travel."

In the first four snow events this year alone, 8 snowplows were struck by other vehicles. A fully loaded snowplow weighs roughly 20 times more than the average passenger vehicle, which can lead to a dangerous situation for drivers that are following too closely behind a snow plow or are distracted and not devoting their full attention to the roadway.

MassDOT will be displaying informational messages as part of its "Don't Crowd the Plow" campaign on 80 of its VMS messaging boards along highways throughout the state. A graphic of this message will also be displayed on over 60 billboards across the Commonwealth.

Drivers are also encouraged to lower their speeds during inclement weather and use the appropriate resources to make an informed decision regarding their travel plans. MassDOT strongly urges drivers to always wear their seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cellphones and devote their full attention to what is ahead on the road.

For updates on road and traffic conditions drivers can check MassDOT's Real-Time Traffic Information Map online; Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions on I-90 and other roads; and visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.

Check more information on safe winter driving.


MassDOT Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange: March 7-8

You are invited to share and learn the newest ideas in transportation technology by attending MassDOT's Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange for 2017, scheduled for March 7 & 8, at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Are you wondering how to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of your operations? Are you looking for the latest technology or equipment for your organization? Take the leap forward by discovering 21st century innovations and technologies at the annual Innovation and Tech Transfer Exchange.

There will be more than 30 breakout sessions, where you will have the opportunity to discuss with your peers the advantages and challenges associated with the methods and technologies being presented.

The event is open to all transportation professionals including MassDOT, municipalities, consultants, contractors, vendors and manufacturers.

To learn more, register to attend, or become an exhibitor or sponsor, visit the Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange website.

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