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On the Trans Blog

Falcons Await New I-90 Bridge Nest

A rare peregrine falcon keeps a watchful eye nearby, as a new, clean falcon nest on an I-90 bridge was made ready for occupancy this month.

View the complete Falcon's Nest blog post

Safe Routes to School: Bicycle Poster Contest

MassDOT's Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program is providing the opportunity for 5th grade students across the Commonwealth to participate in a national Bikes Make Life Better poster contest.

View the complete Bicycle Poster Contest blog post.

03/01/2013

New Online Map Shows Transportation, Education Investments
Gov Patrick with school children

Governor Deval Patrick has unveiled an online map tool that shows members of the public, in real terms, what investing in growth and opportunity will mean for their communities.

“This tool will help people see exactly what to expect in their own backyard as part of the investments we’ve proposed,” said Governor Patrick. “Meaningful investments in education and transportation today will significantly improve our economic future both in the short term and for generations to come.”

Each map outlines transportation projects in every community that would be funded under the Governor’s FY14 budget proposal, as well as the additional Chapter 70 education funding and support for public colleges and universities communities can expect to receive under the Governor’s investment plan. The maps also show how many children in each community are on the waitlist for early education and care programs. As part of the Governor’s investment plan, the 30,000 child waitlist for early education and care programs across the state would be eliminated.

Each of the 400 maps in total, representing both Senate and House districts, can be found at www.mass.gov/governor/choosegrowth. There are two maps per district – one displaying transportation investments and one displaying education investments in each community.

Governor Patrick’s budget plan includes a $1 billion annual investment in the Commonwealth’s transportation system to maintain the current transportation assets we have today and launch a number of high-impact transportation projects across Massachusetts that, if built, will create thousands of jobs and spur economic development across the Commonwealth. The plan also includes a $550 million investment in education, reaching $1 billion over four years, to provide universal access to high quality early education for children across the state, from birth through age five; fully fund K-12 education and allow for extended school days in high-need schools; make college more affordable and accessible for high school graduates; and allow our community colleges to expand their efforts to provide students with the knowledge and skill training needed to succeed in the workplace.


Longfellow, Whittier Bridge Projects Advance
longfellow bridge bike lane

MassDOT's Board of Directors has approved construction contracts for two signature Patrick-Murray Administration Accelerated Bridge Program projects: rehabilitation of the Longfellow Bridge, left, which links Boston and Cambridge, and replacement of the Interstate 95 Whittier Bridge in Amesbury, Newburyport and Salisbury, below.

“These two projects are true capstones of the Accelerated Bridge Program,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey. “These projects accommodate our multi-modal society with the inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.”

The $255.5 million contract for the rehabilitation of the Longfellow Bridge, which carries Route 3 over the Charles River, between Boston and Cambridge, was awarded to J. F. White/Skanska Koch/Consigli. The Longfellow carries the MBTA’s Red Line in addition to vehicular traffic and will feature improved sidewalks and bicycle lanes.

whittier bridge ariel photo

The $292.2 million Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project includes the replacement of the John Greenleaf Whittier Memorial Bridge and improvements to eight additional bridges to accommodate the widening of I-95. The joint venture contract was awarded to Walsh/McCourt. The project calls for shared used paths and pedestrian overlooks along the Merrimack River.

The two projects are among five projects ABP Mega Projects. One remaining Mega Project to be awarded is the Fall River Interchange Improvement Project at I-195, Rt. 79 and Rt. 138, with bid opening scheduled for May 1st. The Burns Bridge in Worcester/Shrewsbury and the Fore River Bridge linking Quincy and Weymouth are currently under construction.


Save the Date! Bay State Bike Week: May 11-19
Bay State Bike logo

Community groups and bicycling supporters in 2012 hosted more than 150 bicycling events across Massachusetts to celebrate Bay State Bike Week. These diverse, community-based events to show that bicycling can be fun, safe and healthy included organized bike rides, bike breakfasts and even a race to see which mode of transportation can provide the fastest work commute! The challenge pitted a bicycle against a car and transit, spanning a distance of three miles from Davis Square to Kendall Square. Which mode was the quickest? The bicycle of course!

This year, Bay State Bike Week will take place from Saturday, May 11th thru Sunday, May 19th. For the first time, this celebratory week of bicycle friendly activities will include two weekends to extend the opportunity for even more bicycling events.

After last year's Bay State Bike Week, Massachusetts was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as the 3rd most “bicycle friendly” state. Ranked 19th in 2009, this was a significant accomplishment for Massachusetts!

Bay State Bike Week also plays a central role in MassDOT’s mode shift goals to triple the levels of bicycling, walking and transit users throughout the Commonwealth by 2030.

Bay Sate Bike Week Sponsors, MassDOT, MassBike and MassRIDES look forward to celebrating another successful Bay State Bike Week across the Commonwealth this May! Specific event participation and registration information will be posted on the Bay State Bike Week website leading up to May 11th.For more information, contact Becca Cyr at Rebecca.Cyr@state.ma.us

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