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MassDOT April Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 10
MBTA Board Room
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza, Boston
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Signs of MassDOT's
Focus on the Environment

birds nest

MassDOT highway signs are doing double duty in several Connecticut River Valley locations- directing traffic and providing a home for small falcons.

Representatives from Mass Fisheries & Wildlife and MassDOT previously worked together on Peregrine Falcon nesting boxes, and now introduced the idea of using nesting boxes for the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), the smallest falcon in North America.

Highway District Two staff from Bridge, Traffic, and Maintenance worked together on the nesting project, finding locations in the Connecticut River Valley along MassDOT highway corridors suitable for Kestrels. Fish & Wildlife constructed the boxes.

District 2 Maintenance this week installed a total of 9 bird houses along I-91 and Route 116. Four bird houses were attached to the back of highway signs, above, and five were installed roadside on posts.

This team effort across state agencies again furthers MassDOT's GreenDOT goals, enhancing the environment along a transportation corridor.

03/29/2013

Special Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Commission

Governor Deval Patrick, State Treasurer Steven Grossman, Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced the appointment of members to the Special Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Commission. The seven-member legislatively-mandated Commission reviews and approves all public-private partnership transportation infrastructure requests for proposals for design-build-finance-operate-maintain contract services.

Four members are appointed by the Governor and one each by the Senate President, House Speaker and State Treasurer.

The four members appointed by Governor Patrick to the Commission for a two-year period include:

Congressman John W. Olver, Amherst - U.S. House of Representatives, 1991-January 2013; Ranking Member, House Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; recognized leader in advocating for innovative transportation infrastructure projects, including the John W. Olver Transit Center, Greenfield.

Joseph P. Dorant, Saugus - President, Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists, professional employee union that represents 3,400 technical, engineering and scientific employees of 39 agencies of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Alan G. Macdonald, Winchester - current member, Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors; executive director of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable for 23 years, chairman of the Transportation Advisory Committee, and member of the 2007 Transportation Finance Commission.

Valerie Mosley, Weston - Chairwoman and CEO, Valmo Ventures; retired Partner, Senior Vice President and Investment Strategist at Wellington Management Company, LLP, global money management firm.

The three members appointed by Senate President Murray, House Speaker DeLeo and Treasurer Grossman include:

David Luberoff (appointed by Senate President) - senior project advisor to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Boston Area Research Initiative; Executive Director of Harvard’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, 2004-2012.

John Vitagliano (appointed by House Speaker) - Winthrop, Principal, Seagull Consulting; former Massport Board Member; former City of Boston Transportation Commissioner.

Jessica Strunkin (appointed by State Treasurer) - Deputy Director, 495/MetroWest Partnership; previously Director of Government Affairs at the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce.

Requests for proposal for a public-private agreement for design-build-finance-operate-maintain services must receive the commission’s written approval before being issued by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.


South Station Expansion: Environmental Review
South Station Expantion logo

MassDOT has reached a major milestone in the South Station Expansion Project, filing an Environmental Notification Form (ENF) with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office.

The MEPA office has scheduled a public session to gather comments on the document:

Monday, April 1, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
One South Station, 2nd floor

Signs will direct participants to the meeting on the second floor, which is reached via the Atlantic Avenue entrance. For information about meeting accessibility or language services please contact Kerri Chace, kchace@reginavilla.com or 617-357-5772 x16.

The ENF outlines potential environmental consequences of expanding South Station, as well as preliminary understandings of the transportation and other benefits from the project. Members of the public are encouraged to review the ENF and participate in the meeting or submit comments.

Over the next three years, MassDOT will develop the plan and preliminary designs needed to expand and enhance the station. The potential for future economic development at and around South Station may also be analyzed. Urban design and streetscape improvements will be included in the project.

To view the ENF, visit the project website: www.massdot.state.ma.us/southstationexpansion The ENF is also available by request from Kate Fichter by email at Katherine.fichter@state.ma.us or by phone at 857-368-8852. Copies are available at the State Transportation Library, 10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor, Boston; and the Massachusetts State Library, State House, Room 341, Boston.


Longfellow Bridge Project Public Hearing
Longfellow Bridge view from above

MassDOT has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project:

Tuesday, April 9, 6:30-8:30 PM
Shriners Hospitals for Children Auditorium
51 Blossom Street, Boston

The purpose of this meeting is to present details on the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation design/build project, including traffic management plans and schedule. MassDOT and contractor staff from White-Skanska-Consigli J.V. (WSC) will be available to receive public comments and answer questions.

The rehabilitation will address the bridge's current structural deficiencies, upgrade structural capacity, and improve multimodal access and bridge-to-city-street connections to meet accessibility guidelines. Repairs will be consistent with the historic character of the bridge and comply with environmental standards.

The $255 million Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation is a signature project of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Accelerated Bridge Program to repair structurally-deficient bridges across the Commonwealth.

Preliminary work to prepare for construction begins this spring, including borings and other investigations, and curb modifications and the addition of a traffic signal at Charles Circle.

For public meeting accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer, 857-368-8580, fax 857-368-0602, TTD/TTY 857-368-0603, MassDOT.CivilRights@dot.state.ma.us.

To be added to the project email or US Mail distribution lists, please contact Stephanie Boundy, 857-368-8904 or stephanie.boundy@state.ma.us.

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