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Wednesday, April 10
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Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza, Boston
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Fore River Bridge Public Meeting Set

A Public Information Meeting for the Fore River Bridge Replacement Project has been scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, March 26
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm
The Fore River Club
16 Nevada Street, Quincy

The meeting will provide an overview of the construction plans and traffic impacts for the replacement of the Fore River Bridge, which carries Route 3A over the Fore River between Quincy and Weymouth.

View the entire Fore River Bridge blog post

03/22/2013

Fairhaven I-195: Rapid Bridge Construction, Four Weekends
Fairhaven I-195 bridge

MassDOT plans to replace the bridge decks that carry I-195 over River Avenue in Fairhaven near the New Bedford line, in four weekends within a six week period beginning this weekend. The rapid bridge construction technique using eight prefabricated bridge units will allow MassDOT to limit traffic disruptions and replace the deteriorated bridge decks before the busy spring and summer travel season begins.

"This replacement is part of the Accelerated Bridge Program that has allowed MassDOT to reduce the backlog of structurally deficient bridges statewide by 20%," said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. "Here in Fairhaven, we are pleased to be able to address the structural issues and also improve the customer experience by drastically reducing both the construction schedule and traffic delays."

At no time during construction will I-195 be closed completely to traffic. Drivers will follow a lane shift through the work zone, similar to the 93Fast14 project that allowed MassDOT to replace 14 I-93 bridges in ten weekends during the summer of 2011.

The deck replacement work will be performed in two phases. During the first phase, (I-195 Westbound work), two lanes of traffic will be maintained in both directions. During phase two (I-195 Eastbound work), there will be one travel lane heading eastbound with restricted access from Route 18 and Washburn Street during the weekend deck replacement. Ramp detours will be in place. Two lanes of westbound traffic will remain open during phase two. Using traditional construction methods and overnight roadway closures to replace the superstructure, the project would take 12 to 18 months to complete. The project cost is approximately $5 million.

The deck replacements are scheduled to be completed by April 29th with a project completion of June 14th, with the exact schedule weather dependent.


Licensing Guidelines Assist Veterans, Armed Forces Members
lt. gov. Murray

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray this week announced that all state agencies that oversee professional licensing within the Patrick-Murray Administration have established guidelines to assist members of the armed forces, veterans, and their spouses as they prepare and apply for jobs in Massachusetts.

The announcement is a follow up to the authorization and implementation of “An Act Relative to Veterans’ Access, Livelihood, Opportunity, and Resources” (VALOR Act), signed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2012, which required certain areas of state government to establish military friendly practices for licensing. “As our military servicemen and women sacrifice their lives for our country they also gain tremendous and unique job training skills that should never be overlooked when seeking employment,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services. “We look forward to working with all partners to ensure our veterans are made aware of these new resources as they transition home and into our workforce.” MassDOT's Registry of Motor Vehicles is officially adopting the Military Commercial Driver License Skills Test Waiver that allows a qualified service member or veteran to apply for a CDL without road skills testing. The test will be waived for veterans with two years of military experience operating vehicles representative of the Class of license applied for, during the 90 days prior to discharge from the service. The implementation of this waiver comes after a successful pilot with the Massachusetts National Guard. Massachusetts will join 36 other states that have adopted this option.

“Easing the Commercial Driver Licensing process for our qualified military personnel and veterans is a tremendous customer service that MassDOT is proud to offer,” said Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian. “Our men and women will have access to greater employment opportunities with this valuable, marketable certification.”

A new website consolidating more than 200 state and federal benefits including all areas of state licensing benefits for the military is available at www.MassVetsAdvisor.org. MassVetsAdvisor provides access to programs for education, counseling, employment, health care and other services. To learn more about services for Massachusetts veterans, visit www.mass.gov/veterans.

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