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Cementing the Future of the Braga Bridge
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When MassDOT undertakes a bridge and highway restoration project, such as the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project, it aims to make efficient and long-lasting choices of materials.

Materials are meticulously evaluated and chosen to ensure lower maintenance costs and an improved service life. For the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project in Fall River, MassDOT chose to repair and replace a portion of the Braga Bridge’s existing hot-mix asphalt roadway surface with latex modified concrete (LMC) for these exact reasons.

View the entire Cementing the Future of the Braga Bridge blog post.

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October 28, 2016

All Electronic Tolling Activated Friday, October 28, 10pm

MassDOT is on schedule to activate All Electronic Tolling (AET) in the state on Friday, October 28, at 10 p.m., and to immediately deploy equipment to begin the process of demolishing existing toll plazas.

toll gantry

As the program, EZDriveMA, is launched, drivers will begin to be charged tolls after passing under sixteen gantry locations and contractors will be deployed in 23 work zones. Under EZDriveMA, drivers have the option of using a free E-ZPassMA transponder to receive a toll discount, using an out-of-state transponder, or being invoiced if not using a transponder under the Pay By Plate payment process.

The first transition to All Electronic Tolling which the public may notice will begin on October 28, at 6:45 p.m., when the existing E-ZPass MA customer service call center will go off-line until 7 a.m., Tuesday, November 1. This outage is necessary in order to update and activate the new EZDriveMA system. Members of the public with concerns or questions can still email Aetinfo@dot.state.ma.us

On October 28, at approximately 8:00 p.m., work zone logistical deployments will be obvious as law enforcement details and contractors will be visible setting up at the existing toll plazas and prepare to mobilize equipment for demolition and signs to inform drivers of the lanes of travel to the right and left sides of existing toll plazas. Manual toll collection is scheduled to officially end on October 28 at 9:45 p.m., and the existing E-ZPass MA system will stop processing transactions at existing toll plazas.

The electronic tolling gantries will then "go-live" at 10:00 p.m., and will begin to collect vehicle information as drivers pass under the gantries above the highway. The existing tolling websites (www.ezpassma.com and www.paybyplatema.com) will be shut down, and the new EZDriveMA website will be activated for informational purposes only. On-line services, such as signing up for an E-ZPass MA account, viewing customer’s existing accounts, and paying Pay By Plate invoices for the Tobin Bridge or toll violations will be unavailable until Tuesday, November 1, at 7 a.m

To accommodate the needs of customers from 10:00 p.m., on October 28, to 7 a.m., on November 1, the following walk-in customer service locations will be open for in-person assistance and account signups. These transponders will not be activated until up to 5 days later:

East Boston - 145 Havre Street: Saturday, Oct .29: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30: 8 a. m. - 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31: 7a.m. - 7 p.m.

Natick - Service Plaza on I-90, (the Massachusetts Turnpike), Eastbound at Mile Marker 117: Saturday, Oct. 29: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Auburn – 27 Midstate Drive: Saturday, Oct. 29: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Lee - Service Plaza on I-90, (the Massachusetts Turnpike), Eastbound, between Exits 1 and 2: Saturday, Oct. 29: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Ludlow - Service Plaza on I-90, (the Massachusetts Turnpike), Westbound: Saturday, Oct. 29: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saugus - 1201 Broadway, Route 1 South: Saturday, Oct. 29: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Charlton - Service Plaza on I-90, (the Massachusetts Turnpike), Eastbound: Saturday, Oct. 29: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Framingham - Service Plaza on I-90, (the Massachusetts Turnpike), Westbound: Saturday, Oct. 29: 7 a.m. - 7pm, Sunday, Oct. 30: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Additionally, in-person sign up will still be available at any RMV and Massachusetts AAA location during their normal business hours. For a complete list of locations and hours please visit www.mass.gov/ezpassma

For more information about gantry rates and for other details about the implementation of the EZDriveMA program, please visit the All Electronic Tolling web page.

Visit the MassDOT Blog for further details about the weekend traffic and demolition work.


Video: Toll Plaza Demolition, Reconstruction Shown Step by Step

drawing of lane shift

As I-90 (The Massachusetts Turnpike) transitions to All Electronic Tolling beginning on Friday, October 28, 10pm, MassDOT will begin demolishing the existing toll plazas and reconstructing the roadways.

The following is a visualization of what drivers can expect to see as they travel through an existing toll plaza throughout the different phases of construction. Drivers are encouraged to slow down, remain vigilant, and devote their full attention to driving.

View the Massachusetts Turnpike Toll Plaza Demolition and Reconstruction Visualization


MBTA Forest Hills Bus Canopy Public Meeting Set

The Casey Arborway Project includes expansion of the Upper Busway at the MBTA's lntermodal Forest Hills Station. A Public Meeting on the Forest Hills Bus Canopy Project has been scheduled as follows:

drawing of canopy

Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, The English High School, 144 McBride Street, Boston

As MassDOT completes the Casey Arborway work, the MBTA is actively designing a new Forest Hills Bus Canopy. The project team will present an update on the 60% design. The presentation will include a question and answer session.

For questions or concerns about the public meeting, please contact: James Kersten, 857 368-9041, or by email at james.a.kersten@state.ma.us

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