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May 14

Lynn Council Chambers, 3 City Hall Sq., Lynn, MA.

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On the MassDOT Blog

37Billion Mile Data Challenge Winners Announced

MassDOT joined the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) in announcing results of The 37Billion Mile Data Challenge, a competition that inspired the region’s data community to delve into a vast new set of anonymous vehicle-use data and to produce innovative visualizations, applications, and insights on the Commonwealth’s transportation system. The results will inform policy and help the Commonwealth build a more efficient and sustainable transportation system.

The winning entries ranged from "MassEMIT," a tool that allows users to compare factors such as carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fuel use by community, to a transportation infographic that informs the public on the true costs of driving. All of the entries can be viewed on the event website, www.37billionmilechallenge.org

View the entire 37Billion Mile blog post

May 9, 2014

MassDOT Aeronautics: Airport Facility Upgrades

The MassDOT Aeronautics Division announced plans to build or renovate general aviation airport administrative facilities in 15 communities during the next five years, including four airports targeted for construction in 2015.

The 15 general aviation airports were chosen as part of a comprehensive, statewide Airport Administration Building Master Plan that identified projects based upon several factors including public safety needs and the amount of activity at the airport.  Each new airport administrative facility will be designed and built according to a flexible prototype design that considers local needs. "Our airport economic impact study identified nearly $12 billion in economic activity and more than 124,000 jobs traced to aviation in the Commonwealth," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. "That extraordinary success requires continued strategic investment to ensure these airports continue to serve as economic drivers and gateways for business and tourism." "The Statewide Airport System Plan review found a significant need to improve administration facilities at general aviation airports, with some airports lacking any facilities and many others working in aging buildings in need of repair," said MassDOT Aeronautics Administrator Christopher Willenborg. "These new or renovated facilities will be state-of-the-art, accessible, environmentally sustainable, and better serve our customers."

The four airport projects currently in design and expected to begin construction in 2015, with estimated costs, include:

  • Beverly Municipal Airport, $3.74 million
  • Fitchburg Municipal Airport, $3.45 million
  • Mansfield Municipal Airport, $3.88 million
  • Southbridge Municipal Airport, $1.05 million

Each project is state-funded with a required 5% local match. Project construction is expected to take approximately nine months.

An additional 11 airports are scheduled for construction or renovation in 2016 through 2019. Six airports scheduled for construction of new administrative facilities include Chatham, Gardner, Harriman-and-West in North Adams, Orange, Plymouth, Taunton, and Walter J. Koladza Airport in Great Barrington.

Four airports scheduled for renovation of existing facilities include Pittsfield, Lawrence, Marlboro, and Turners Falls in Montague.

Fall River: Waterfront District Kiosk Planned

MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola and Fall River Mayor William Flanagan this week unveiled plans for a Waterfront District Kiosk, to be constructed as part of the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project, that will welcome and connect residents and visitors to the City and its rich culture.

A state investment of $500,000 funds a multi-use kiosk and surrounding plaza that will feature visitor maps and information, bicycle racks, seating created from salvaged granite blocks, ornamental lighting and fences, decorative pavement, tree plantings and ground cover, and spaces for public art.

"Included in the design is a Welcome to Fall River sign and the Improvements Project is helping redefine what that means," said Highway Administrator DePaola. "We are welcoming visitors to a revitalized, modern, connected waterfront city that is open for new development."

The City will be responsible for maintenance once complete, as well as funding lighted signs and supplemental lighting for the kiosk and plaza. In the months ahead, the team hopes to engage local waterfront stakeholders to participate in the maintenance and funding of cultural elements related to the City's waterfront history.

The development of the kiosk concept has been and will continue to be a collaborative process between MassDOT, the City of Fall River and the design build team; Barletta Heavy/O&G Joint Venture. Construction on the kiosk is expected to begin next year, in the late spring/summer of 2015.

High School Students Explore Construction Careers

MassDOT is proud each year to support an opportunity for more than 1,200 Massachusetts high school students to explore construction industry professions and get hands-on training at the 12th Annual Massachusetts Construction Career Days held Wednesday and Thursday, April 30th and May 1st at the New England Laborers’ Training Academy in Hopkinton.

This popular event helps meet the needs of both high school students who are making career decisions and the construction industry facing a workforce shortage.  Students learn that whether they are interested in math, carpentry, mechanics or engineering, the construction industry offers challenging, rewarding and well paid professions.

Construction Career Days exhibitors include construction and related companies, MassDOT, vendors, equipment dealers, labor unions, apprentice programs, universities and colleges, and engineers among others.  Each donates time, equipment, and in some cases operators to ensure students a hands-on experience.  During all activities students are supervised, coached and mentored by qualified and experienced industry professionals.

Students have the opportunity to discuss careers, learn about apprenticeship opportunities, compete in engineering and construction challenges; operate backhoes, excavators, jackhammers, pavers, rollers, and other equipment; join in concrete finishing, welding, cutting, burning, and electrical work; build a tool box or lay a brick wall.

Learn more about Massachusetts Construction Career Days by visiting: www.engineers.org/massccd

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