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MassDOT May Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 22
MBTA Board Room
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza, Boston
Full Meeting Schedule

On the Trans Blog

Worcester: Burns Bridge Construction Update

The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge replacement project continues to move forward in spring 2013. Roadway construction related to the project will result in some changes for motorists on North Lake Avenue and Belmont Street (Route 9) in Worcester beginning this week.

View the entire Burns Bridge Construction Update blog post.

The Burns Memorial Bridge project is funded as part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges throughout the Commonwealth. To learn more visit the project website.


Patrick-Murray Administration Boosts Freight Rail Projects
Lt. Gov speaking

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray this week joined MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey and local officials in New Bedford to announce this year’s Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) recipients

“As part of the Massachusetts State Rail Plan, we are focused on increasing access for freight rail service to support regional economic growth,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “By investing in these projects, we are upgrading the Commonwealth’s freight rail network which will not only attract new business and jobs, but also promote a more efficient transportation of goods and services.” “Our team has closely vetted the recipient proposals to assure conformity with local and regional transportation plans as well as economic development initiatives,” said Secretary Davey. “We will monitor closely the completion and success of these projects.”

The MassDOT Industrial Rail Access Program created through the 2012 Transportation Bond Bill provides grants to railroads, rail shippers and municipalities who identify a public benefit gained through improved use of the rail transportation network or that will facilitate economic growth through access to rail assets within the Commonwealth.

The nine IRAP recipients will receive a total of $2.85 million with matching funds covered by each applicant.

Opening Celebrated for Boston South End Park Near I-90
Secretary Davey speaking at the opening

MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey joined business and community leaders for the official opening of Frieda Garcia Park adjacent to I-90 on Clarendon Street in Boston's South End. The park is named for long-time South End community leader Frieda Garcia. As part of the project, John Hancock Financial donated the land valued at $5.5 million to the City of Boston, paid for the construction of the Park, and helped establish The Friends of Frieda Garcia Park fund to cover future maintenance.

“As we celebrate the opening of this park not far from the Turnpike, I am reminded of the value of public, private and neighborhood collaboration,” said MassDOT Secretary Davey. “Congratulations to the neighborhood and all the stakeholders on the creation of this new community space that will serve as a vibrant tribute to Frieda Garcia for years to come.”

Frieda Garcia Park offers play structures for younger children, landscaping including shade trees and shrubs, and perimeter seating facing Stanhope Street for neighborhood residents. An enclosure on the back of the park that separates the area from I-90 incorporates a colorful glazed masonry wall with two mosaic tile sculptures 30 feet long by eight feet high.

The Park's design process by John Hancock and coordinated with MassDOT involved community meetings and review by Boston Parks and Recreation, Boston Public Works, Boston Water and Sewer Commission, Boston Commission for Persons with Disabilities, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

RMV Billboards: Renew Online!
billboard ad


The Registry of Motor Vehicles is spreading the word on MassDOT Highway digital billboards through August: Renew your license online. The “virtual” branch is the RMV’s busiest.


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