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MassDOT Aeronautics Supports Plymouth Airport Improvements

MassDOT Aeronautics this week joined Federal Aviation Administration, airport, and town officials for ribbon cutting ceremonies to celebrate completion of Plymouth Municipal Airport runway improvements.

The $4.7 million project lengthened one of two runways by 1,000 feet to match the other runway and added new 300-foot emergency stopways to each runway. Airport managers say the runway improvements will enhance safety and reduce noise.

View the entire Plymouth Airport Improvements blog post.

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July 15, 2016

MassDOT Draft 2017-2021 State Transportation Improvement Program

MassDOT announces the release of the draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2017-2021 and welcomes public comment until August 9, 2016.


The STIP is a five-year investment program that prioritizes federal and non-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 the 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 ensuring 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, the MPOs voted on the investments to prioritize in their respective TIP.

The draft STIP is available for review. 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, by e-mail to or using the online comment tool.

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.

Fall River: Routes 79, 138, I-195 Milestone

MassDOT announced roadway construction and interchange improvements for Route 79, Route I-195, and Route 138 have been completed ahead of schedule. All modes of transportation are now open, and related closures and detours have been lifted.

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"I am thrilled to see that drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will enjoy an easier travelling experience through the Route 79/I-195 area," said MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. "I would like to thank the Highway Division District 5 staff and contractor Barletta Heavy/O&G, Joint Venture for all of their hard work and efforts on this project. Also, thank you to the drivers for their patience as crews worked to complete the much-need roadway upgrades. Completing the work early lifts the long burden drivers have faced in navigating detours around the Route 79 area."

The re-opening of the Route I-195/Route 79/Route 138 interchange, roadways and nearby shared-use paths serves as a major milestone for the project, as construction began in September 2013 and was scheduled to be completed this fall.

The work on this project consisted of the reconfiguration of the I-195/Route 79/Route138 interchange including all ramps and associated bridges. The project also included traffic safety upgrades and improved regional transportation connectivity for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

There will be periodic, short-term road closures into the fall of 2016 to allow for the completion of minor roadway and related work.

The work to complete the Braga Bridge portion of the project is continuing. For more information, please visit the Route 79/Braga Bridge website.

Adams: New Route 8 Roundabout Praised

MassDOT's new Route 8 Roundabout in the Town of Adams in the Berkshires is now open and receiving praise from an adjacent business.

The $1.4 million project by MassDOT's contractor C&A Construction of Chicopee includes reconstruction of the intersection of Columbia Street (Route 8), Friend and Renfrew Street along with new sidewalks, landscaping, granite curbs and pavement markings.

MassDOT contractors worked with the Town and area businesses in designing the intersection improvements to improve traffic flow and safety at the busy intersection.

The president of the automobile dealership located at the intersection this week praised the result:

"The completed roundabout not only looks great, but it also works very well. It has slowed traffic down making it safer for everyone. It is now much easier for vehicles coming on to Route 8 from Friend Street."

Congratulations to MassDOT contractors and Highway District 1 staff including MassDOT Resident Engineer Cathy Braman and Area Engineer for Construction John Pierce!

South Station Expansion: Final Environmental Impact Report

The South Station Expansion Project Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) is now available for public review and comment.

MassDOT filed the FEIR with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office on June 30, 2016. Copies of the document can be reviewed at the following locations:

The purpose of the South Station Expansion project is to expand South Station terminal capacity to meet current and anticipated future commuter rail and intercity rail service needs. The project would also promote city-building in a key area of Boston, and allow Dorchester Avenue to be reopened for public use and enjoyment for the first time in decades. The expansion of South Station would enable growth in passenger rail transportation within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and along the Northeast Corridor (NEC). Expanding the terminal would improve the passenger experience of using South Station and updating the infrastructure (track and signals) and related layover capacity would improve service reliability.

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The FEIR summarizes the project’s environmental benefits and impacts. It responds to comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), lists changes since the DEIR, and updates the permits and approvals anticipated for the project.

Join us at a public meeting to learn about MassDOT's findings on the South Station Expansion project FEIR, as follows:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 6:00 PM, Atlantic Wharf, Fort Point Room, 2nd floor,
290 Congress Street, Boston, MA

To request a copy of the FEIR, please contact Steve Woelfel, MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning,, or 857-368-8889.

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