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Route 2 Bridges over I-95:
June Ramp Closures

MassDOT will occasionally close exit ramps between I-95 and Route 2 for short periods of time during overnight hours through June 2016 as part of the Route 2/I-95 Bridges Project

View the entire June Ramp Closures blog post.

The closures will allow the contractor to perform final paving and associated work on the ramps.

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June 10, 2016

Worcester-Shrewsbury Burns Bridge Wins Transportation Award

MassDOT is pleased to announce that the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has named the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Project in Worcester-Shrewsbury a winner in the 2016 America’s Transportation Awards competition.

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The Burns Bridge received a regional Quality of Life/Community Development Award and will now be considered for inclusion in the AASHTO national "Top Ten" projects competition. The Association presented the award on June 7 to MassDOT representatives during the group's annual meeting in Quebec City, Quebec.

"The new Burns Bridge has transformed the Route 9 corridor over Lake Quinsigamond for all bridge users and marine traffic," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "We are pleased to see the project receive well-deserved recognition for its contribution to enhancing the quality of life for bridge users and for everyone living in the surrounding area."

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack added, "The design of the new Burns Bridge reflects the philosophy of the Baker-Polito Administration which is that the focus of transportation projects should be the customer. This bridge has many design elements which take into consideration the surrounding businesses and neighborhoods and which allow for safe travel for everyone, whether they are walking, biking, or driving."

The bridge project was completed four months ahead of the scheduled completion date of January 2016 and $5 million under the original $110 million budget. The new Burns Bridge replaced a 100-year old structurally deficient bridge.

In a letter congratulating MassDOT for the Burns Bridge award, AASHTO Executive Director Bud Wright wrote that the award is given to projects deemed as, "making communities stronger, our economy more efficient, and our quality of life better." The America's Transportation Awards competition was created by AASHTO in 2008 with the support of AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to demonstrate that state departments of transportation are delivering value for our transportation dollars.

The Burns Bridge project began in late June 2012 and was officially completed in August 2015. The contractor was Middlesex Corporation. The new five span steel deck arch structure provides three travel lanes in both directions on Route 9 with exclusive left and right-turn lanes on the westbound approach into Worcester. The bridge will accommodate projected increases in traffic and includes bicycle lanes and sidewalks in both directions of the bridge. The project also included improvements on Lake Avenue to the north and south of Route 9 to improve bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. The roadway profile has been raised in order to provide improved vertical under-clearance for recreational users of the Lake Quinsigamond.

As a regional winner, the Burns Bridge will next be considered for inclusion in the “Top Ten” projects in the competition, which will be announced in September, and these projects will then compete for the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Awards. The Grand Prize winner is selected by a panel of transportation experts, and the People’s Choice Award is chosen online by the voting public. Both prizes carry a $10,000 cash prize to support a transportation-related scholarship or charitable cause.

Longfellow Bridge Spring 2016 Progress

MassDOT's Longfellow Bridge Project continues to show progress in Spring 2016. Structural steel beams are now set to support the future concrete decking and inbound MBTA Red Line tracks at Span 1 on the Boston end of the bridge.

bridge supports structure

MassDOT will suspend all construction work on major arterial roadways from 12:00PM Noon on Friday, May 27 through the start of normal business on Tuesday, May 31

In late July 2016, contractors expect to begin Stage 4 of construction. In this phase, inbound vehicles will be shifted to the new roadway on the upstream side of the bridge. Bicyclists, both inbound and outbound, will continue to use the sidewalk on the upstream side of the bridge and pedestrians will continue to use the sidewalk on the downstream side. Stage 4 work to rehabilitate the bridge under the old outbound Red Line tracks will take approximately eight months to complete.

View the Stage 4 Graphic for travel space configuration along the Longfellow Bridge.

Please visit the project website linked above for the latest construction and traffic information.

2016 Northeast Transportation Safety Conference June 7-8

Secretary Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin, and District 3 Highway Director Jonathan Gulliver were pleased to join MassDOT staff and other experts for this week’s 2016 Northeast Transportation Safety Conference in Worcester.

Safety Team

The Safety Conference highlights the latest advances being made in transportation safety. The conference theme “The sum is greater than its parts” emphasizes the need to incorporate education, awareness, and health, with enforcement and engineering, to move toward the goal of zero deaths.

This innovative conference each year brings together transportation safety specialists from throughout the country involved in law enforcement, research, engineering, advocacy, fire, EMS, automotive, transit, state & municipal governments, federal government, and academia.

The conference was hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, and the Department of Public Health in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Massachusetts State Rail Plan Public Meeting

MassDOT is holding a public meeting to discuss efforts to update the State Rail Plan. The meeting is scheduled as follows:

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Tuesday, June 14, 4-6pm
Union Station, 2 Washington Square
2nd Floor, Worcester

The meeting will include an overview of the update process, summary of the current system use, and other efforts underway to improve the network. The State Rail Plan will outline the Commonwealth’s policies and planning goals for the state rail network, describe the existing rail system and future anticipated tends, and identify the proposed system improvements that comprise the state investment program.

Interested persons may also participate by video conference. To attend by webinar, write to:

If you have questions, please contact Jill Barrett, or by phone (860) 570-0740.

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