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On the Trans Blog

South Station Expansion Survey

Posted by Kate Fichter, South Station Expansion Project Manager

Many thanks to everyone who attended the Public Scoping Session for the South Station Expansion project. We were pleased that so many people joined us for the Session, and are grateful for the thoughtful comments. They will help to make the project a better one.

If you did not attend, you can visit the project website to see the presentation, print the fact sheet, and read up on the latest project news.

We are interested in learning more about you and your interests in the South Station Expansion project. Please take a few minutes to complete this quick online survey.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Worcester: Burns Bridge Project Safety Update
bridge construction

The $89.9 million Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project will continue through summer 2013 with advisories for boat traffic on the lake in the area.

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

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.

Summertime construction will result in a change from normal conditions on Lake Quinsigamond with certain arches of the existing bridge closed to all boat traffic. A safe passage will be maintained beneath the existing bridge, and the new one as it begins to take shape. Boaters, please note:

  • No Wake Zones have been extended for 300 feet to the north and south of the bridge. These are marked by lighted warning signs and buoys.
  • During this summer, the spans which are safe to use will not always be the same. A system of roadway traffic signals suspended over the arches of the existing bridge will mark the safe passage for boaters. A green light shows a safe passage, a red light indicates a closed arch. Often, only a single span will be available.
  • Under conditions when only a single span is available, power boats shall yield to non-motorized craft. Northbound boats will yield to those going south.
  • Tying up to or climbing on work barges is strictly prohibited. Local police will be monitoring boater compliance. Work barges are not safe for non-construction personnel.

To learn more, visit

Fairhaven I-195: Rapid Bridge Construction Success
heavy lift crane  construction

MassDOT will continue the accelerated replacement of the River Avenue Bridge on Interstate 195 Eastbound in Fairhaven this weekend.

The rapid bridge construction technique using eight prefabricated bridge units is allowing MassDOT to limit traffic disruptions and replace the deteriorated bridge decks before the busy spring and summer travel season begins.

At no time during construction will I-195 be closed completely to traffic. Drivers 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 bridge deck replacement on I-195 Westbound is already complete- performed in just one weekend instead of two.

Secretary Davey Receives Business Aviation Award
photo of Willenborg & Davey

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey this month received the "Silk Scarf" Award from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).

The NBAA honored Secretary Davey, left with MassDOT Aeronautics Administrator Chris Willenborg, for his "exemplary efforts on behalf of the regional business aviation community."

Administrator Willenborg received the Silk Scarf Award in 2009. The Award is intended to honor outstanding business aviation community members and inspire future aviators.

NBAA Northeast Regional Representative Dean Saucier said, "under Secretary Davey’s direction, the Massachusetts airport system has thrived and he has moved aviation to the forefront in the transportation department.”

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