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MassDOT May Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 22
MBTA Board Room
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10 Park Plaza, Boston
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On the Trans Blog

I-95 Construction

As of the past week, all four travel lanes on I-95 (Route 128) have been shifted to the right in each direction between Route 3A/Route 3 (Cambridge Street) and Winn Street in Burlington to allow work crews to continue reconstruction of the median area. The lane shift is expected to remain in place throughout the summer months.

There will be no breakdown lane available in either direction within the area that the lanes are shifted. The available merge area will be reduced for the ramp entering I-95 (Route 128) North from Route 3 (Cambridge Street) North and for the ramp entering I-95 (Route 128) South from Winn Street South.

Appropriate signs and traffic control measures are in place to guide drivers through the work zone.

Drivers should expect some delays and reduce speed and use caution when travelling through the work zone and entering and exiting I-95 (Route 128). The work is part of a $12.7 million project to upgrade the section of I-95 (Route 128) between South Bedford Street and Route 38.


Transportation Community Responds
We Are One roadsign display

In the aftermath of the Marathon Monday explosions, MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey praised the work of MassDOT, MBTA, and Massport staff in responding as events unfolded.

“It is with great pride that I write to express to the entire transportation community my deepest and most sincere thanks for all that you did over the course of this past week. Acts of heroism, quick response and simple acts of kindness were displayed by our MBTA, DOT and Massport family this week as we sought to serve the people of the Commonwealth after the Marathon bombings.”

MassDOT state highway message boards during the weekend of April 20-21 offered messages of unity and thanks following the events of the previous week.

The MBTA Copley Station, closed following the explosions, reopened Wednesday. I-90 Exit 22 Copley and Prudential ramps and surrounding streets also reopened. MassDOT and the MBTA thank everyone for their patience during the required service changes and roadway restrictions.

MBTA Debuts 3 New Commuter Rail Coaches
commuter rail train in station

The MBTA this week put into service the first three new commuter rail coaches from Hyundai-Rotem USA. The first trips for the 3 new coaches carried passengers on Train No. 213 from North Station to Haverhill Wednesday morning. The new coaches will continue to operate on the North Side of the commuter rail system in the weeks head. It is expected that an additional 15 new coaches will be in service throughout the system by the fall of 2013.

“We are constantly working to bring our customers a better experience,” said MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott. “These new coaches will do just that; with a cleaner, more informed and more comfortable trip for all on board.” These are the first three of 75 total ordered from Hyundai-Rotem USA, at a cost of $190 million.

The new bi-level coaches feature 55% more seating than single-level coaches; onboard LED displays showing next station information and announcements; larger, accessible restrooms; designated seating for passengers with disabilities; specially designed air-conditioning systems providing comfortable cool air with increased filtration and airflow; and new microprocessor systems controlling air conditioning, doors, communications, brakes and signals.

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I-195 Rapid Bridge Construction Completed
dumptruck unloading

MassDOT has completed the rapid bridge construction replacement of bridge decks that carry I-195 over River Avenue in Fairhaven near the New Bedford line. The bridge deck replacement during weekends only was completed ahead of the original accelerated schedule. The bridge deck paving operation on the eastbound side completed on Sunday, April 14 can be seen at left.

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

With the bridge deck construction completed, final project steps include removal of median crossover and existing median decks and final paving on I-195 and River Ave. The remaining work schedule will avoid the morning and evening commuter rush, and final completion is scheduled for mid-June.

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