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Governor Charlie Baker

MassDOT August
Board Meeting

August 22
Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Second Floor Board Room
Boston, MA 02150
Full Meeting Schedule

On the MassDOT Blog

MBTA Invites Public to View Best Public Transit App Finalist Presentations

The MBTA is inviting the public to view presentations from finalists in the T’s contest to select and officially endorse the best app for accessing real-time MBTA information.

The event will be held
Friday, August 12
State Transportation Building
2nd floor
Conference Room 1
Noon to 2 p.m.

View the entire Public Transit App Finalist blog post.

The contest, which was announced last month, was created by the MBTA in order to evaluate and select from the best third-party apps that help commuters in Boston navigate all facets of the public transportation system. Friday’s public forum will allow developers to showcase their apps while interacting with T customers.

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August 12, 2016

Governor Baker Signs Legislation Investing in Local Transportation Infrastructure

Governor Charlie Baker has signed legislation supporting major new investments in the Commonwealth’s local transportation infrastructure, including a $50 million Municipal Small Bridge Program, the broadening of the Complete Streets Funding Program to support projects in more municipalities, and a $750 million authorization for federal highway aid.

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"We recognize the important role transportation infrastructure plays in the strength of our communities and economy," said Governor Baker. "I am pleased to sign this legislation providing additional support for our cities and towns to focus on important local projects and accessibility."

The legislation, An Act providing for the financing of certain improvements to municipal roads and bridges (H. 4424), authorizes $50 million in investments over five years for the Municipal Small Bridge Program, first introduced by the Baker-Polito Administration earlier this year to support approximately 1,300 bridges on municipal roads across Massachusetts spanning lengths between 10 and 20 feet. The program targets small bridge projects not eligible for federal aid under existing replacement or rehabilitation programming and are at high risk for full or partial closure due to present condition, at up to $500,000 per year, per municipality for administration, design and construction.

"Since taking office, we have prioritized local investments and flexibility and thank the legislature for authorizing funding for critical small bridge repairs and municipal improvements," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "Consistent with the Community Compact Program, I have been proud to champion on behalf of the administration, the expansion of Complete Streets encourages cities and towns to plan and adopt best practices for safe travel across all modes of transit."

The bill broadens the authorization of the Complete Streets Funding Program. Launched with $12.5 million in funding by the Baker-Polito Administration earlier this year, Complete Streets provides up to $50,000 for technical assistance and up to $400,000 in construction costs for communities to plan and incorporate best practices into the design and build of safe modes of travel for the public, including pedestrians, cyclers, drivers and users of mass transit.

"Some projects can be game changers for citizens, and the Baker-Polito Administration aims through these programs to help communities preserve, refurbish, and rebuild small bridges or invest in accessibility for the people who live, work and attend school nearby," said Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "These programs are among the many examples of the administration’s partnership with cities and towns to ensure positive local impacts and vitality."

"This legislation enables us to continue to make important investments in infrastructure in a fiscally responsible manner," said Executive Office of Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore. "The legislation expands on the already strong relationships the Baker-Polito Administration has with our municipalities and will greatly assist communities across the state address their deferred maintenance needs."

"These bridges are critical pieces of infrastructure and posting or closing them can have major impacts on the lives of residents and business owners," said MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. "We look forward to continuing our work with community partners on repairs to local infrastructure and investments that can prioritize these projects."

The legislation signed by the governor includes a $750 million authorization request for the federal aid highway program of which the Commonwealth will be responsible for $135 million and a change bringing bonds issued for the Rail Enhancement Program in line with similar projects like the Accelerated Bridge Program by making them exempt from the statutory debt limit.


Longfellow Bridge Public Meetings Set

MassDOT has scheduled two Public Information meetings for the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project as follows:

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Wednesday, August 17, 6:00-8:00pm
Shriners Hospital for Children Auditorium
51 Blossom Street, Boston
Thursday, August 18, 6:00-8:00pm
Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second Street, Cambridge

The purpose of the meetings is to provide an update on recent progress and discuss potential changes for the next phase of the project to shorten the construction duration. The proposed changes (combining Stages 4 & 6) would be implemented late this month and would entail shifting all modes of travel to the upstream side of the bridge. Following the presentation at public meetings, staff from MassDOT and White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC) will be available to answer questions.

The same presentation will be delivered at each meeting, so participants may choose the most convenient date or location. The meeting locations are accessible to people with disabilities.

The rehabilitation project is addressing the bridge’s current structural deficiencies, upgrading its structural capacity, and bringing it up to modern code with improved multimodal access and bridge-to-city-street connections to meet accessibility guidelines. The repairs and modifications will be consistent with the historic character of the bridge and comply with environmental standards. The end result will be a signature bridge ready for many more years of service.

For more information about the project or to sign up to receive email advisories, please visit the Longfellow Bridge Project Website.

For construction related questions or issues, contact the project hotline, 617-519-9892, or email address, longfellowbridge@state.ma.us.


Methuen Rotary Milestone: I-93 South Off-Ramp Opens August 13

MassDOT has announced that the new off-ramp from I-93 South to Route 110/113 in Methuen will open to traffic on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

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Exiting traffic will join Route 110/113 west of the existing rotary. A new traffic signal installed at the base of the off-ramp will control traffic accessing Route 110/113. A graphic of the new configuration and signal locations is posted on the website. Signage will direct traffic to the new ramp and onto Route 110/113. Variable message signs will be placed prior to the opening to alert the public of the upcoming traffic change.

As always, the schedule for this major infrastructure project is subject to change without notice.

For more information, questions or concerns about the work, please contact Daniel Fielding, MassDOT Legislative Liaison, 857-368-8959 or daniel.fielding@dot.state.ma.us

The $66.4 million Methuen Rotary Reconstruction Project is replacing the existing rotary with a partial cloverleaf interchange to improve safety and reduce congestion. For more information, please visit the project website.

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