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MassDOT Aeronautics Announces
2016 International Aviation Art Contest Winners

The MassDOT Aeronautics Division recently held judging at the state level for the 2016 International Aviation Art Contest "Air Spots in Harmony with Nature." Nine Massachusetts students winning art work has been forwarded to the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) in Washington, D.C. for the national judging to be held in March.

Check out the entire Aviation Art Contest blog post.

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February 26

Green Line Extension Project Public Meetings Set

MassDOT and the MBTA have scheduled a series of public meetings on the Green Line Extension project in order to receive public ideas and input. The public meetings are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, March 2nd:
Open House: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Presentation and Q&A: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue – Somerville

Wednesday, March 23rd:
Open House: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Presentation and Q&A: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Tufts University, 51 Winthrop Street – Medford

Wednesday, April 13th:
Open House: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Presentation and Q&A: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Argenziano School, 290 Washington Street – Somerville

Wednesday, April 27th:
Open House: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Presentation and Q&A: 6:30pm-8:00pm
St. Anthony's Parish Hall, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue – Cambridge

Thursday, May 5th:
Open House: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Presentation and Q&A: 6:30pm-8:00pm
St. Clement's Parish Hall, 579 Boston Avenue - Medford

MassDOT and the MBTA are currently working through a re-evaluation of the Green Line Extension project, focusing on four key areas:

  • Project Management
  • Redesign
  • Re-procurement
  • Development of a reliable cost estimate and schedule

This re-evaluation has been prompted by significant cost overruns on the project, and is expected to be complete and submitted to the MassDOT Board of Directors and the MBTA Fiscal & Management Control Board in May.

Learn more about the project by visiting the Green Line Extension website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@glxinfo.com


Springfield: I-91 Viaduct Project Public Meeting Scheduled

MassDOT has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for the I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project in Springfield as follows:

Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue

Please join MassDOT at a public information meeting for an update on the major construction and demolition activities on the I-91 Viaduct. The project team will provide details on the construction and demolition progress to date, existing lane and ramp closures, and detour routes. The presentation will conclude with a question and answer session.

MassDOT is undertaking the Interstate 91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project to replace the existing deck of the bridge, which is in poor condition. The project is the result of several years of planning and valuable input from a wide variety of stakeholders. It will progress on an accelerated schedule to reduce traffic impacts and minimize construction duration. The project will reduce annual maintenance costs, increase safety and accessibility on this busy interstate, and ensure long-term serviceability.

For more information, visit the project website. For questions or concerns, please email the project team at I91viaduct@state.ma.us or call 617-454-1839.


MBTA Partners with City of Boston to Reimagine Mattapan Station Bus Shelters

The MBTA is partnering with the City of Boston's second Public Space Invitational, a civic design competition that aims to reimagine our public spaces in Boston.

The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, in partnership with the Boston Art Commission and the City's Streets cabinet, are asking teams of designers, artists and engineers to submit ideas on how to make civic space, infrastructure, or civic processes more inviting, functional and fun. Up to five projects will be selected and winning teams will have up to $9,500 for construction and implementation of their projects. Submissions will be accepted through April 3, 2016.

One of three challenges is a partnership with the MBTA and Massachusetts College of Art and Design's Matthew Hincman to help a winning team make bus shelters, specifically those at Mattapan Station, more inviting, beautiful, and comfortable.

Other challenges in the Public Space Invitational:

  • Analog Challenge: a partnership with the Boston Society of Architects, seeks traditional, but innovative approaches to improve the streetscape
  • Digital Challenge: a partnership with Microsoft Technology and Civic Engagement, seeks projects that experiment with technology, sensors and a generally connected world.

The Public Space Invitational is part of a continuing series of efforts to engage Boston’s creative community. For more information on the initiative, please visit the Public Space International Website

South Boston Bypass Road Six-Month Pilot Program Ends

The South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Committee, made up of the leadership of MassDOT, the City of Boston, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the Massachusetts Port Authority, and A Better City, today announced that Friday February 19th was the final day of the six-month pilot that opened the South Boston Bypass Road to non-commercial traffic. Now this pilot shifts into its second phase where public feedback is gathered and the data is analyzed.

The six-month pilot program was launched on August 17th and opened the South Boston Bypass Road to non-commercial traffic at all times in the section from Richards Street to West Service Road, and opened the South Boston Bypass Road in the eastbound direction from I-93 to Richards Street during AM peak hours (6:00 am to 10:00 am). The pilot also opened the I-93 Northbound HOV lane from I-93 to the Ted Williams Tunnel to all cars at all times. The implementation of the six month pilot was one of the cornerstone achievements on the South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Committee’s list of short-term improvements for the South Boston Waterfront.

MassDOT worked closely with the Port Area commercial trucking community, which relies on the Bypass Road to sustain their businesses, to monitor the impacts of the trial. Final approval to open the South Boston Bypass Road was granted by the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency (MEPA) in August, with the understanding that this would be a six-month pilot to assess the impact and viability of opening the road to non-commercial traffic.

The South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Committee has committed to undertaking a public process to review the results of the pilot and determine the next steps for the South Boston Bypass Road. A public meeting will be held in March to review the results of the pilot and solicit input from the public. The South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Committee will also continue to work with the maritime stakeholders in the area to understand how the pilot impacted their operations.

The initial data from the pilot shows that the changes had no adverse impact on traffic mobility in the South Boston Waterfront. A notable change of volume was in the eastbound direction of the South Boston Bypass Road between Cypher/ Richards streets and West Service Road where volume increased approximately 21% since the start of the pilot, equating to about 100 more vehicles per hour using the road during the AM peak period. The initial data for I-93 Northbound HOV lane from I-93 to the Ted Williams Tunnel also suggested additional improved usage of the road without significant adverse impacts on travel time for motorists.

Check the South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan website to view the Progress Report and the entire Plan.

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