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MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance: July 4th - Summer Driving Safety Tips

Did you know that on July 4th, 1776, the historical day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, only 2.5 million people were living in the newly formed nation? According to the Census Bureau presently over 325 million Americans now reside in the United States, many of whom will be gearing up to celebrate the nation’s holiday by heading out on a road trip.

View the entire Summer Safety blog post.

On behalf of MassDOT and MAPFRE Insurance, have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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June 30, 2017

MassDOT: July 4th Weekend Travel Advisory

MassDOT advises holiday travelers to plan ahead, utilize MassDOT’s many “real time” travel tools and use public transportation if possible to reach their destinations between now and the end of the July 4 holiday weekend.

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"This holiday is a great opportunity for the public to use technology tools including www.mass511.com or the GoTime mobile app in order to make informed decisions on routes to take to destinations and the timing of travel," said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "If people check real-time travel time information before leaving home then they can make smart decisions about whether to drive or take transit and whether to leave earlier or later. We hope everyone has a relaxing holiday and encourage members of the public to also think about safety as they travel, limit distractions if driving, don’t drink and drive, take frequent breaks and check transit schedules."

"We expect heavy traffic volumes on our highways during this upcoming holiday period," said Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. "With many people driving to destinations we encourage people to leave extra time to reach their destinations, exercise safe driving behaviors, be patient on the roadways, and consider taking public transit if possible."

MassDOT is taking steps to facilitate the flow of traffic during the holiday and will be postponing scheduled roadway construction effective at noon, Friday, June 30, with scheduled construction activities resuming with the start of normal business hours on Wednesday, July 5. In addition, the High Occupancy Lane (HOV) between Quincy and Boston on I-93 will open at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 30.

Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, through 5 a.m., Wednesday, July 5. The plazas serving free coffee include 11 service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6 in Barnstable, and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.

For traffic and road conditions, drivers may use the following options to make decisions:

  • Download MassDOT's GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions
  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions on I-90 and other roads.
  • Visit mass511.com, which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Download Waze, the real-time traffic navigation app.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT because motor vehicle incidents which impact traffic flow are generally mentioned in tweets if they occur on the state’s major highways.

The MBTA has also released the following information regarding travel on Tuesday, July 4:

  • All MBTA service will be free after 9:30 p.m.
  • All subway, buses, and trackless trolley will operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • Subway service will then operate at rush-hour levels of service beginning at 2 p.m.
  • Check the full MBTA schedule for details.

Customers are also advised that the Registry of Motor Vehicles offices are closed for the designated state holiday on Tuesday, July 4. Please visit, at any hour of the day, the RMV online at www.massrmv.com to skip the line and perform many transactions.


Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates 150 Miles of New Trails for Walking and Biking

Continuing to prioritize a high level of access to the Commonwealth’s natural resources, and recognizing the economic, recreational, environmental, transit and public health benefits of a state trail network, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced additional funding commitments to further develop the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) and increase the budget of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) by 60%, from $1.1 million to $1.8 million.

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Since 2015, under the Baker-Polito Administration, approximately 150 miles of new trail have been designed, planned, funded, and/or completed with trail rehabilitation and repair also becoming a major priority.

"Trails like the Cape Cod Rail Trail provide countless benefits to those who use them and the communities that support them, whether it's access to open space and waterfronts, reduced congestion and carbon emissions, or opportunities to enjoy healthy, recreational activity," said Governor Charlie Baker. "We are committed to working with our municipal partners to make the investments that can maintain and expand these vibrant assets for generations to come across the Commonwealth."

To further statewide efforts, the administration has brought together a dedicated team across the multiple transportation and environmental agencies that oversee the design, construction, funding and maintenance of improved or paved multi-use trails to work closely with municipalities to connect gaps between trails and to expand trail networks, including safety and accessibility enhancements and maintenance. The development of a state Shared Use Path Design Guide and State Bicycle Plan is underway and will help to align the mutual strategic vision and goals of improving trail policy, planning and investment.

“From Cape Cod to North Adams, extensive trail systems intersect to provide families stronger communities in which to live, work and have fun,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “As our administration has done across so many other parts of state government, we look forward to streamlining and expanding the resources available to the 351 cities and towns which want to enhance those opportunities throughout Massachusetts.”

Currently, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is overseeing a Cape Cod Rail Trail extension project and today’s event showcased a bike and pedestrian bridge built over the roadway of Route 134 in Dennis. In addition to the pedestrian bridge, between now and the end of the fall MassDOT will complete a shared-use path from the trail terminus located on Route 134 in Dennis to Peter Homer Park located west of Station Avenue in Yarmouth. The next phase of the project will consist of the construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Bass River to provide a connection for the CCRT extension.


Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project Public Meetings

MassDOT is hosting two pre-construction Public Meetings for the Commonwealth Ave Bridge Replacement Project as follows:

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Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 PM, Boston University College of General Studies, Jacob Sleeper Auditorium (Lower Level, Room 129), 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Thursday, July 13, 6:30 PM, Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium, 330 Homer Street, Newton

MassDOT and project team staff will describe the Summer 2017 Construction Shutdown (July 26 – August 14) in more detail, review detour routes, and respond to questions. Download the meeting flyer for more information. The same presentation will be delivered at each meeting, so participants may choose the most convenient date or location.

I-90 in Boston Reduced to Three Lanes in Each Direction, July 7 – August 28

To prepare for the upcoming 2017 Construction Shutdown beginning on July 26, I-90 (Mass Pike) will be reduced from four lanes to three lanes in each direction in Boston between the Allston Interchange and the Beacon Street Overpass beginning on the evening of Friday, July 7. After July 7 and until August 28, lane reductions will be necessary and MassDOT will strive to make lane shift decisions in the best way possible to lessen the impact on drivers using the highway.

The reduction to three lanes in each direction on July 7 is necessary in order to allow for logistical setups for the replacement of the Commonwealth Bridge over I-90. Crews on July 7 will begin to use the non-travel lanes areas to build a crane and place major equipment in the median of I-90.

As a reminder, I-90 will be impacted as follows for the 2017 Construction Shutdown:

  • I-90 will be reduced to 2 lanes in both directions during peak hours from 9:00 PM on July 28 to 5:00 AM on August 7 (additional lane closures during off-peak hours).
  • The I-90 Eastbound on-ramp from Cambridge Street/Soldiers Field Road will be closed from 9:00 PM on July 28 to 5:00 AM on August 7 and the I-90 Westbound Exit 20 off-ramp to Brighton/Cambridge will be closed intermittently during this timeframe.

For a full list of traffic impacts and detour routes, see the Traffic Management page of the project website.

Please see the project website: www.mass.gov/massdot/commavebridge for more information, to view detour routes and maps, and to sign up for email alerts.

Please share this advisory with anyone you think may be interested in the project, and encourage them to sign up for email alerts for traffic updates and meeting announcements.

For any questions or comments, please contact Jim Kersten, MassDOT Legislative Liaison, at 857-368-9041 or by email at CommAveBridge@dot.state.ma.us


MassDOT Launches Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Campaign: "Scan the Street"

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With the number of motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists on the rise, MassDOT is launching a campaign to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety. The goals of the campaign are to encourage Massachusetts residents to "be aware" of others on the road and, ultimately, change people's behaviors.

To achieve these goals, the campaign needed a tagline that was quick and memorable – and it needed to speak to drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. MassDOT partnered with Boston-based branding agency, HATCH, in addition to EOPSS, Department of Public Health, MassBike and WalkBoston, to create the line "Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet."

To graphically tell the story of the "Scan the Street" campaign, the designs use iconography to mirror the icons used on street signs. The designs also highlight the campaign's three primary audiences (drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists), and use a graphic arrow to capture the action behind "scanning the street."

To further promote the idea of building awareness of others on the road, the designs use an orange color, which is sometimes equated with caution. They also include impactful statistics on situations where pedestrians and cyclists are most vulnerable, like in crosswalks and intersections.

The campaign's video component takes advantage of animation, rather than video footage. This allowed us to choreograph dangerous situations and scenes with people walking or bicycling - without actually having to put anyone in harm's way.

As for sharing our message of safety with the entire state, the campaign will appear on Pandora, digital banners, video, social media, billboards, and local transit.

We are all excited and hopeful at the impact we are going to make on reducing motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists. We all play an important role in keeping our roads safe, please do your part and "Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet."

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