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January 13, 2017

Toll Plaza Demolition, Reconstruction Public Meetings Begin

aerial of toll plaza demolition zone

MassDOT next week continues a series of 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 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

Freight Plan Public Open House Set

Massachusetts Freight PlanMassDOT's Freight Plan is a strategic planning document that will define a short and long-term vision for the freight system in Massachusetts and identify solutions to current and future challenges to the freight system.

The first Open House for the Massachusetts Freight Plan has been scheduled as follows:

Thursday, January 26, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, Union Station (Union Hall), 2nd Floor, 2 Washington Square, Worcester

At the Open House, the public can learn about and discuss freight issues and trends with industry experts, and provide input on the Freight Plan development. As part of this effort, MassDOT has also convened a Freight Advisory Committee. The first Committee meeting will take place immediately before the open house on January 26 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at the same location and is open to the public.

View the meeting flyer for more information about the public meeting.

Visit the Freight Plan website for more information and to view the Freight Plan Technical Memorandum and sign up for e-mail updates.

Greenbush Station Transit-Oriented Development Project Advances

The MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board unanimously approved a property sale with The Drew Company that allows a Transit-Oriented Development project at Greenbush Station in Scituate to move forward.

"The MBTA continues to leverage opportunities to advance underutilized property to advance transit-oriented housing and development around its stations," said Governor Charlie Baker. "As the Commonwealth's second largest property owner, the MBTA's pursuit of private sector partnerships promotes public transit, local economic growth, and opportunities for the MBTA to boost non-fare revenue as it aims to control costs and reinvest in the core system."

This development proposal aligns with the Baker-Polito Administration's Real Estate Asset Leveraging (REAL) "Open for Business" Strategy for developing unused or underutilized state properties into new opportunities for transit-oriented housing, economic growth and job creation, increased revenue and reduced costs.

"With only 20 percent of the existing parking area currently in use, this development will transform the underutilized overflow parking area at Greenbush Station into new homes and retail opportunities that will benefit the surrounding community," said MBTA Acting GM Brian Shortsleeve.

This approval comes as another example of the MBTA's commitment to compact, walkable development focused around its stations. With the MBTA devoted to engagement with local communities in order to revitalize under-used, surplus property near its transit stations, the project will transform the land around Greenbush Station into a dynamic, mixed-use area including diverse housing and commercial space.

Utilizing the parking area at Greenbush Station to the east of New Driftway, the new development will allow approximately 88,000 square feet for 72 residential units as well as 11 affordable units for low-income residents. Approximately 18,000 square feet will be used for retail, commercial, and/or hotel space. While this parking area is being repurposed for the project, a total of 370 parking spaces are proposed to be preserved with 240 parking spaces preserved specifically for MBTA commuters at the Greenbush Station parking lot.

Construction of the project is expected to be accomplished in 16-18 months during one phase with 33 full- and part-time jobs generated.

For more information regarding other MBTA transit-oriented projects and opportunities, please visit the Massachusetts Realty Group website.

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