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November 21
Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Second Floor Board Room
Boston, MA 02150
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Springfield: I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Public Meeting
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MassDOT has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for the Interstate 91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project:

Thursday, November 17
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
One Financial Plaza
3rd Floor Conference Room
1350 Main Street, Springfield

View the entire I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Public Meeting blog post.

The public information meeting will provide an update on the major construction and demolition activities on the I-91 Viaduct. MassDOT will present the upcoming lane changes on I-91 for Stage 2 of construction, when traffic will be shifted to the inner lanes of the viaduct. The project team will also provide details on the construction and demolition progress to date, existing lane and ramp closures, and detour routes. The presentation will conclude with a question and answer session.

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November 11, 2016

Transition to All Electronic Tolling on Schedule

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Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin, and State Police Colonel Richard McKeon, provided an update today on the progress of All Electronic Tolling (AET) along I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), which has been proceeding on or ahead of schedule thanks to the work of MassDOT crews and employees, and the patience and cooperation of the driving public. "We appreciate the planning and labor that has gone into transitioning to All Electronic Tolling along I-90 while minimizing the impact on commuters," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Thanks to the hard work of our construction crews, contractors, engineers and law enforcement personnel, and the cooperation of the traveling public, this comprehensive process has transitioned on or ahead of schedule safely and smoothly. We look forward to sharing the full benefits of electronic tolling along the turnpike, including less traffic congestion, increased safety and reduced greenhouse gasses, with all drivers and appreciate their continued cooperation as this process continues and they travel through active work zones."

AET implementation is proceeding with drivers urged to follow slower speed limits through work zones as roads at former toll plazas are rebuilt before all work is completed at the end of next year. Officials announced there have been more than 13.6 million transactions since AET was activated at 10:06 p.m., on Friday, October 28, and construction activities to demolish toll plaza infrastructure from the New York border to Boston were proceeding on schedule.

As of today, MassDOT crews and contractors at 20 out of 23 interchanges have completed the first phase of toll demolition and road reconstruction activities that were scheduled to be completed by November 22. Since all electronic tolling was activated, overhead gantries have registered more than 13.6 million transactions between 10:06 p.m. on Friday, October 28, and 8 a.m., Tuesday, November 8. In addition, vehicle owners have taken advantage of in-person customer service center hours and online options for ordering free E-ZPass transponders for use as they travel the highways. Those using a transponder receive a discount on the toll.

The following is additional information regarding the status of construction activities at interchanges along I-90:

  • At Interchange 1 in West Stockbridge, Phase One work was completed on Monday
  • At Interchange 2 in Lee, Phase One work was completed on Saturday
  • At Interchange 3 in Westfield, Phase One work was completed on Saturday
  • At Interchange 4 in West Springfield, Phase One work is expected to be completed on Thursday
  • At Interchange 5 in Chicopee, Phase One work was completed on Tuesday
  • At Interchange 6 in Chicopee, Phase One work was completed on Tuesday
  • At Interchange 7 in Ludlow, Phase One work was completed on Tuesday
  • At Interchange 8 in Palmer, Phase One work was completed on Wednesday
  • At Interchange 9 in Sturbridge, Phase One work is expected to be completed on Thursday
  • At Interchange 10 in Auburn, Phase One work was completed on Tuesday
  • At Interchange 10A in Millbury, Phase One work was completed on Monday
  • At Interchange 11 in Millbury/Worcester, Phase One work was completed on Sunday
  • At Interchange 11A in Hopkinton, Phase One work is expected to be completed on Thursday
  • At Interchange 12 in Framingham, Phase One work was completed on Wednesday
  • At Interchange 13 in Natick, Phase One work was completed on Tuesday
  • At Interchange 14 in Weston, Phase One work was completed on Monday
  • At the two toll plaza work zones at Interchange 15 in Weston, Phase One work was completed last Monday, November 1
  • At Interchange 18 in Allston/Brighton, Phase One Work was completed on Monday
  • At Interchange 19 in Allston/Brighton, Phase One Work was completed on Tuesday
  • At Interchange 20 in Allston/Brighton, Phase One Work was completed on Sunday
  • At Interchange 31 at the Ted Williams Tunnel, Phase One Work was completed on Tuesday
  • At Interchange 37 at the Ted Williams Tunnel, Phase One Work was completed last Friday

Throughout the toll demolition and road reconstruction process, crews and contractors will use 230,000 tons of pavement, which is enough to pave 116 miles of roadway. They will also excavate enough dirt and other material to fill 27,000 dump trucks, which if lined up end-to end, would stretch 128 miles. The twenty work zones where Phase One work has been completed are now transitioning to the next phases of construction. And although there are specific management, design, and construction plans for each of the 23 work zones, in general, the activities during Phase Two are similar and include drainage work, installation of catch basins and culverts, and demolition of remaining structures including facility buildings. Not all of this work will be visible to the driving public as it may be ground level or sub-surface work, but it is critical to the successful completion of this project.

The driver experience during Phase Two should be relatively the same as during the end of Phase One in that drivers will be able to proceed through work zones at the posted speed limit and the roadway will have essentially the same or higher vehicle capacity. Drivers should be prepared for shifts in traffic patterns that may be necessary as construction progresses.

The length of Phase Two work will vary as each of the 23 work zones has its own physical challenges and considerations. In fact, work zones, at Interchanges 14 and 15, have already been performing activities in Phase Three of the contract. Construction activities at all 23 work zones are scheduled to be complete by the end of calendar year 2017.

With traffic expected to be impacted by the ongoing construction activities and traffic pattern shifts, drivers are advised to plan ahead and use the appropriate resources to make an informed decision regarding their travel plans. MassDOT appreciates the patience of the public during the transition from manual toll collection and believes community members will soon see the benefits of electronic tolls, including, an increase in safety, a lessening of traffic congestion, and a reduction of greenhouse gases.

Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead, allow extra time for travel, and obtain a free E-ZPass transponder by visiting Open an E-ZPass MA

Members of the public with concerns or questions can email Aetinfo@dot.state.ma.us

For more information about gantry rates and for other details about the implementation of the EZDriveMA program, please visit: www.massdot.state.ma.us/allelectronictolling


Needham: Bridge Demolition Completed, I-95 Detour Ends

MassDOT announced that construction crews ended the detour of I-95/Route128 southbound at approximately 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, signaling the completion of the demolition of the “old” Highland Avenue Bridge in Needham as part of the I-95/Route 128 Add-A-Lane project.

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The demolition operations were carried out by Barletta Heavy Division and were finished far ahead of schedule, which helped to minimize any travel disruptions. Demolition activities on this section of the bridge, which began at approximately 8 p.m., on Saturday, were scheduled to conclude on Sunday evening. With demolition work finishing ahead of schedule, peak afternoon travel will not be impacted by traffic diversions. The Monday morning commute will also not be impacted by this weekend’s activities.

On Saturday, Barletta Heavy Division finished demolition on the eastern portion of the Highland Avenue Bridge several hours ahead of schedule, and removed the detour of I-95/Route 128 northbound at approximately 11:40 a.m., which ensured there were no traffic restrictions in the southbound or northbound lanes for Saturday’s peak afternoon travel times.

For the demolition operations, highway vehicles were detoured off I-95/Route 128 and used the two lanes of travel on off-ramps. Drivers then crossed over Highland Avenue and traveled back onto the highway via the on-ramps. Because Highland Avenue at this demolition area was closed to local traffic, vehicles coming from I-95/Route 128 did not need to stop at the traffic lights which on a normal day are active.

The detours of I-95/Route 128 were necessary in order to ensure public safety and facilitate the establishment of a work zone for demolition activities. Appropriate signage and police details were present to guide traffic to the detoured routes.

These demolition activities were major milestones for the Add-A-Lane project, which is scheduled for completion in Spring 2019. Future activities in this project include the continued construction of Highland Avenue, Route 9, and Kendrick Street interchanges, road reconstruction, full-depth excavation, and repaving of the highway and ramps.


RMV: Avoid Year End Rush, Renew Online

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is reminding customers with vehicle registrations expiring in November and December to renew online at www.MassRMV.com

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Customers will find new website improvements that offer a simple, efficient online renewal transaction. The majority of these expiring registrations are commercial and vanity plates.

"With over 450,000 registrations expiring over the next two months, the RMV knows how important it is to provide customers with as many convenient renewal options as possible," said Registrar Erin Deveney. "Customers who renew their registrations online at MassRMV.com will see that our website allows customers to renew at their convenience from their smart-phone, laptop or tablet."

Registrations can be renewed up to six months in advance, and customers do not need to wait for a renewal application to renew online. In addition, customers that skip the line and go online may use the "myRMV" feature to access their RMV record and renew their vehicle registration.

The RMV has been working to enhance its online customer experience by focusing on delivering mobile-friendly technology, while providing better service options preferred by customers.

Customers are encouraged to visit MassRMV to process over 25 transactions, access checklists to "Get Ready to Go," and sign-up to receive RMV News.

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