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MassDOT June
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June 19, 2017
Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Second Floor Board Room
Boston, MA 02150
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MassDOT All Electronic Tolling Six Month Update

MassDOT provided a six-month update to its Board of Directors on notable accomplishment and achievements in the areas of tolling operations, customer service, and roadway reconstruction after successfully implementing All Electronic Tolling (AET) along I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike) on October 28, 2016.

View the entire All Electronic Tolling Six Month Update blog post.

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May 12, 2017

MassDOT, MassStatePolice Promote Work Zone Safety

podium outside office

MassDOT Secretary Pollack this week joined Massachusetts State Police Lieutenant Colonel Edward Amodeo, state officials and industry leaders in Weston to bring attention to highway employee and law enforcement officer safety in work zones, highlight several new safety devices MassDOT is integrating into its work zones, and remind drivers of the importance of safe driving behavior in light of several recent incidents in which crashes have occurred in designated work zones.

MassDOT Draft 2018-2022 State Transportation Improvement Program

MassDOT announces the release of the draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2018-2022 and welcomes public comment until May 30, 2017.


The STIP is a five-year investment program that prioritizes federal funds for improvements to our roadways, bridges, transit systems, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities throughout the Commonwealth. MassDOT and our regional Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) partners collaborated to develop this draft STIP. The STIP reflects the regional transportation priorities found in the thirteen regional Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs) developed through metropolitan planning processes.

Each of the MPOs referenced their respective Public Participation Plans to facilitate and guide participation at the regional level on their respective TIPs to ensure an inclusive public process. During the development of the thirteen regional TIPs, MPOs held numerous public meetings across the Commonwealth to solicit comments from members of the public, elected officials, and other stakeholders. Recommendations concerning proposed transportation investments were in part prioritized by utilizing regionally adopted Transportation Evaluation Criteria to score projects. After evaluation of potential projects, each MPO voted on investments to prioritize in their respective TIP.

The draft STIP is available for review at the link above. Comments on the draft STIP can be mailed to STIP Coordinator, MassDOT, Office of Transportation Planning, 10 Park Plaza Room 4150, Boston MA 02116, by fax to 857-368-0639, or by e-mail to

If you need a reasonable accommodation such as language translations or an alternative accessible format to fully participate in the comment process, please contact the MassDOT Title VI Strategies Specialist at (857) 368-8882.

Fore River Bridge Project: Lane Reductions, Public Meetings Set

segment of bridge

MassDOT has announced that lane reductions will begin on Friday evening, June 2 and continue until October 1 on the Fore River Bridge which carries Route 3A traffic between Weymouth and Quincy, in order to allow construction operations to move forward safely.

From June 2 until September 1, there will be one lane of travel in each direction for vehicles using the bridge. From September 1 until October 1, three total lanes of travel will be maintained with the number of travel lanes in each direction changing by time of day.

"We appreciate the patience of the traveling public as we reduce lanes in order to do construction work safely and efficiently," said Highway District 6 Construction Engineer John McInerney. "All work is being done as much as possible to lessen the impact on drivers who use the bridge and all efforts are being made to inform municipal leaders, elected officials and the general public about what to expect in the months ahead."

Beginning in the late evening hours on Friday, June 2, MassDOT crews and contractors will put in place logistics for one lane of travel in each direction, and this traffic pattern will remain in place 24 hours a day until September. This lane reduction is necessary in order to allow crews to safely and effectively conduct operations to remove half of the existing temporary bridge from service to allow for the completion of the new approach spans.

Please note the following dates for this project:

  • Between June 2, and August 31: there will be one lane of traffic in each direction on the Fore River Bridge at all times in order to allow for work on this $244 million dollar project to continue.
  • Between September 1, and September 30: there will be three total lanes of travel on the Fore River Bridge. During the morning peak commute, there will be two lanes in the northbound direction and one lane in the southbound direction in order to accommodate travelers heading into Boston. The lane arrangement will then be shifted during the evening commute to allow for two lanes in the southbound direction and one lane heading northbound.
  • After October 1: there will be two lanes of traffic in each direction on the Fore River Bridge.

MassDOT will hold the following public meetings in order to provide more information regarding these operations and upcoming traffic impacts:

  • Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m., Fore River Club House, 16 Nevada Road, Quincy
  • Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m., Abigail Adams Middle School, 89 Middle Street, East Weymouth

The Fore River Bridge project includes the installation of a new bridge, which occurred last year, and the eventual removal of the existing temporary span.

Sumner Toll Demolition: Ahead of Schedule

construction zone

MassDOT completed initial toll demolition and road reconstruction activities at the Sumner Tunnel toll plaza location in Boston last weekend.

“Thanks to well-planned logistical steps and the hard work of everyone involved in these operations, including the designers, planners, construction crews and contractors, law enforcement details, and the cooperation of the traveling public, our initial demolition operations have been successful and are ahead of schedule,” said Highway District 6 Construction Engineer John McInerney.

Beginning on Friday, May 5, at 9 p.m., the entrance to the Sumner Tunnel was closed to traffic as the demolition of eight toll booth structures and the plaza canopy began. Route 1A detours were put in place. Since that time, toll plaza infrastructure has been removed with heavy equipment which also demolished the concrete slabs at the toll plaza and began to rebuild the roadway to guide vehicles during this phase of reconstruction. Work-related logistical activities at the Sumner Tunnel began last month, including the deployment of jersey barriers, the marking of utilities and installation of temporary signage.

Future operations for this project include removing roadway materials, milling and paving, and preparing the roadway for permanent after-plaza demolition traffic usage. All phases of construction work at this location are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017 as is true with work at all other former toll plaza locations throughout the Commonwealth.

Throughout the Sumner Tunnel Toll Demolition and Road Reconstruction project, two lanes of travel will be maintained and a temporary traffic signal will control local street access into the Tunnel. In order to allow crews to safely and effectively conduct construction operations, there will be temporary off-peak lane closures at various points throughout the project.

Drivers are encouraged to obtain an E-ZPassMA transponder free of charge in order to pay a discounted All Electronic Tolling rate at

Check more information regarding the toll demolition and road reconstruction project

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