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April 9
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On the MassDOT Blog

Boston I-90 Weekend Lane Restrictions Continue

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and MassDOT again advise motorists of the anticipated traffic impacts that will result this weekend from lane restrictions on the Massachusetts Turnpike that support MCCA's project to remove the ceiling of the Prudential Tunnel.

The restrictions will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction on the Massachusetts Turnpike through the Pru Tunnel during two additional weekends beginning at 9 p.m.

View the entire I-90 Weekend Lane Restrictions Blog Post.

April 4, 2014

Tobin Bridge Work to Resume in April

The third year of the Tobin Bridge preservation project is set to begin in April, with lane restrictions in place through fall 2014.

The beginning stages of work will require daily lane closures on the upper and lower decks of the bridge during off-peak hours. Permanent lane restrictions will take effect in approximately two weeks in mid-April, weather permitting. As in the previous two years of the project, the lane restrictions will remain in effect through the fall of 2014.

This is the third year of a three-year, $44.8 million bridge preservation project. MassDOT's contractor is Liberty-Alpha Joint Venture. To learn more about the project, we invite you to visit the Tobin Project website.

Worcester Regional Transit: Electric Transit Bus Fleet

Governor Deval Patrick celebrated the launch of a new fully electric transit bus fleet at the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA). The Governor also announced new investments in two programs designed to support alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure across Massachusetts.

"We are committed to using innovative strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, bolster our energy independence and grow our clean energy economy," said Governor Patrick. "The WRTA's new fleet is an example of how we are accelerating the adoption of cleaner vehicles throughout Massachusetts to reduce harmful pollutants and promote a more sustainable environment for future generations." The WRTA purchased six Proterra plug-in, all-electric buses with more than $7 million in federal funds and matching state funds from MassDOT. These buses represent the largest fleet of Proterra all-electric buses in the nation.

"The new electric fleet further advances the Commonwealth's goals to provide our residents and visitors access to sustainable, healthy transportation," said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey. "I would like to recognize Administrator Stephen O'Neil and applaud his efforts and vision to bring cleaner bus service to the transit users in the Worcester region."

Each bus eliminates 130 more tons of carbon dioxide per year than buses using diesel fuel. The fleet will also reduce petroleum fuel consumption, eliminate other harmful pollutants and lower operating costs by nearly $3 million over 12 years.

Governor Patrick also announced a new initiative, the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOREV) program, which will provide rebates of up to $2,500 for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs). All residents of the Commonwealth are eligible to receive incentives on vehicles registered in Massachusetts; these incentives will be funded with $2 million in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction proceeds.

Governor Patrick also awarded on Thursday nearly $600,000 in Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP) grants to 16 municipalities, two public universities and colleges, and one state agency for the acquisition of plug-in hybrid or battery-electric vehicles and the installation of Level 2 charging stations. This is the second round of grant awards through MassEVIP since its launch last year. For more information on the grant awards, go to: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/grants/massevip.html

Burns Bridge Project: Alert for Lake Boaters

The $89 million Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project will continue through summer 2014 with advisories for boat traffic on the lake in the area.

The project will widen the bridge from two to three travel lanes in each direction and include accessible sidewalks and dedicated bicycle lanes on both sides of the bridge.

The construction project to replace the bridge carrying Route 9 over Lake Quinsigamond has been underway since 2012 and will continue through the 2014 boating season. Much of the work will be performed from the Lake, with several large barges, cranes and work boats operating in the area during spring, summer and into the fall. Safe passage for boaters will be maintained through the work zone during construction; however the available navigation channels will be more restricted than what has typically been available in the past.

  • The NO WAKE zone has been extended to 300 feet north and south of the bridge.
  • The span(s) which are open for safe passage under the bridge will not always be the same from day to day. In order to indicate the open span(s) for safe passage, traffic lights over each arch of the completed section of new bridge will guide boaters to the open passage. A green light indicates the span is safe to pass under, while a red light indicates that it is closed.
  • For boat traffic approaching the same open span from opposite directions, power boats shall yield to non-motorized craft and northbound boats shall yield right-of-way to those going south.
  • On those weekends when work is not ongoing at the bridge, tying up to or climbing on the new bridge, barges, cranes or other construction equipment is strictly prohibited.

The Burns Bridge Project is part of the Patrick Administration’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges throughout the Commonwealth.

For more information and updates on the bridge construction, please visit the project website at www.mass.gov/massdot/kenburnsbridge.

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