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Springfield: I-91 Viaduct Project Public Meeting Set
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MassDOT has scheduled a public information meeting for the Interstate 91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project as follows:

Wednesday, April 5
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
One Financial Plaza
3rd Floor Conference Room
1350 Main Street, Springfield

View the entire I-91 Viaduct Project blog post.

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March 31, 2017

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $16 Million for 36 Municipal Small Bridge Projects

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The Baker-Polito Administration awarded $16 million to 36 communities for the funding of preservation, repair or replacement of bridges with spans of 10 to 20 feet. The funding is the first round of awards through the administration’s Municipal Small Bridge Program, and was announced at a Massachusetts State House ceremony by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin.

"Our administration is proud to collaborate with cities and towns in strengthening our transportation systems and facilitating safe, effective, and reliable travel," said Governor Charlie Baker. "With the Municipal Small Bridge Program, we are providing opportunities to municipalities throughout the Commonwealth to preserve and replace critical infrastructure."

"We are pleased to announce the first round of awards through the Municipal Small Bridge Program," said Lieutenant Governor Polito. "We are committed to partnering with communities throughout Massachusetts, and with our Municipal Small Bridge Program, cities and towns are provided with the resources to design and develop small bridge projects that improve safety and quality of life in these areas."

The Municipal Small Bridge Program, signed into law on August 10, 2016, by Governor Baker, is a several-year $50 million program to aid in the replacement and preservation of municipally-owned small bridges which are not eligible for federal aid under existing bridge replacement or rehabilitation programs and are at high risk for full or partial closure in the near future due to their present conditions.

"Bridges are more than just structures. They link people to schools, jobs and other important destinations," said Secretary Pollack. "The Baker-Polito Administration is continuing to work closely with municipalities under the umbrella of the Municipal Small Bridge Program in order to ensure they have the resources to improve their transportation infrastructure."

"The Municipal Small Bridge Program is an important initiative that is helping empower cities and towns to replace and preserve crucial links within their communities," said Highway Administrator Tinlin. "We are proud to award these funds and work with our local municipalities as posting or closure of these bridges can have major impacts on the lives of residents in these communities, with detour routes that are cumbersome, access that is no longer available and delayed emergency response."

The Municipal Small Bridge program is a need and merit based program that seeks to fund those applications that demonstrate a critical need or substantially extend the life of an existing small bridge. Projects are evaluated according to a strict set of eligibility criteria that consider the condition, benefits, and repair status of each bridge.

View the list of Municipal Small Bridge Program Award Winners


Aeronautics: Baker-Polito Administration Awards Funding to Minute Man Air Field

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The Baker-Polito Administration's Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced an award of $850,000 to Minute Man Air Field in Stow for a project to make necessary repairs and reconstruction improvements.

MassDOT Aeronautics Administrator Jeffrey DeCarlo joined State Representative Kate Hogan, elected and local officials, municipal leaders, and Minute Man Airfield executives to celebrate the award.

"We are proud to support Minute Man Air Field and continue strengthening our transportation systems in ways that promote growth and development," said Governor Charlie Baker. “Through aviation infrastructure investments we can ensure the Commonwealth supports air travel and upholds its commitment to a world-class transportation system that empowers its citizens."

"This award will provide Minute Man Air Field with the opportunity to continue developing and improving its infrastructure," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "We thank all the stakeholders in this process and look forward to Minute Man Air Field continuing to provide benefits for the local community including increased transportation opportunities and economic development."

These funds will be put toward an approximately $1.06 million public-private partnership project to make repairs to a section of the parallel taxiway, south ramp, and refueling ramp at Minute Man Airfield. The parallel taxiway and fueling ramp will be repaired by milling, crack sealing and overlaying the pavement surfaces. The south ramp will be repaired by reclaiming the existing pavement and repaving with state pavement specifications.

"The Baker-Polito Administration is proud to award these funds to Minute Man Airfield," said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "We would like to thank the elected and local officials as well as the MassDOT staff who have played a role in this award and we look forward to continuing to support our airports and ensuring we meet the Commonwealth’s air transportation and economic needs."

"Minute Man Air Field is an economic engine here in Stow and a premier destination for aviation in this region," said State Representative Kate Hogan.

"We are pleased to announce this important funding award for Minute Man Air Field," said Administrator DeCarlo. "We are committed to advancing air travel and working closely with our partners in government, key stakeholders and industry leaders to enhance our aviation infrastructure in a way that promotes increased safety, economic development, and environmental stewardship."

These operations represent Phase III of a larger project to improve and upgrade the airport infrastructure and compliment previous work to resurface the runway ensuring the airport meets FAA standards. This project will be funded under the MassDOT Aeronautics Division’s Airport Safety & Maintenance Program in accordance with MGL Chapter 90.

Minute Man Air Field is home to more than 75 based aircraft including 3 helicopters stored in aircraft hangars, and on tie-downs along the airfield’s taxiways and aprons. The airport features a 2,800 foot paved, lighted, instrument runway and a 1,600 foot-long visual runway. In addition, the airport is home to several local businesses and helps support local economic growth and development. According to the most recent Massachusetts Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study Update, Minute Man Airfield generates over $12 million in annual economic activity and contributes to the employment of nearly 150 individuals in the local community.


MassDOT Announces Quaboag Connector Van Service Pilot

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MassDOT announced that a new "Quaboag Connector" van transportation service is available for residents in the Quaboag Valley region which includes the towns of Belchertown, Brookfield, Hardwick, Monson, Palmer, Ware, Warren and West Brookfield.

The curb-to-curb service has begun as a 12-month pilot that receives logistical and financial support from local municipalities, transit agencies, and businesses. "We are pleased to help provide this much needed transportation service for the first time to the residents of the Quaboag Valley Region," said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "The new van service will ensure that residents have access to education, employment, and health and social services. We would like to thank our state, local, and regional partners for all of their work on this effort."

"While the lack of public transportation has been a long-standing problem in the Quaboag Region, the creation of E2E: Education to Employment in Ware has accelerated the need for transportation within the Region," said Sheila Cuddy, Executive Director of the Quaboag Valley Community Development Center and the Business Assistance Corporation. "We are thankful to MassDOT and the Baystate Wing Hospital Corporation for this thoughtful and responsive investment in the Region to help residents lead fuller and more self-sufficient lives."

The purpose of the new service is to provide transportation to and from the following:

  • Jobs and employment-related services
  • Education related services, including E2E: Education to Employment, the Quaboag Region Workforce Training and Community College Center located in Ware
  • Needed social services in the region
  • Connections to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority’s (PVTA) trunk lines via the Palmer village shuttle and Ware shuttle operated by PVTA, as well as to Five College bus service in Belchertown, and to the Worcester Regional Transit Authority’s (WRTA) trunk line in Brookfield.

The total cost of the pilot is $80,000. Funding for the Quaboag Connector is provided, in part, by a $40,500 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. This grant requires a match, and Baystate Wing Hospital Corporation contributed $30,000 toward it.

"Transportation can provide the link to essential opportunities that can have a profound influence on health and quality of life," says Michael Moran, President and Chief Administrative Officer of Baystate Health's Eastern Region.

The hours of operation for the Quaboag Valley Connector Van Service are 6:30 a.m., to 10:30 a.m., and then 3:30 p.m., to 7.30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ride requests need to be made 48 hours in advance. The cost is $1 per ride.

Two vans with the capacity to transport five to eight passengers were donated by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority to the Town of Ware. The town pays for registration and maintenance of the vans, and provides dispatch services and has hired three part-time drivers. The Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission provide technical assistance.

The service began on February 1, 2017, and runs on a pilot basis for 12 months. For additional information on the service, visit www.rideconnector.com

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