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Wednesday, May 22
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South Station Expansion Environmental Review Advances

Posted by Kate Fichter
South Station Expansion Project Manager

Many thanks to everyone who reviewed and commented upon the Environmental Notification Form (ENF) for the South Station Expansion project. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs received 32 comment letters on the ENF, and we are grateful for all of the ideas and input.

Energy & Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., issued a Certificate on the ENF on April 19.
You can now read the Certificate on the project website.

You can continue to follow the progress of the South Station Expansion project by requesting a project update for your group or agency, checking the project website, and printing the fact sheet.

View the entire South Station Expansion Environmental Review blog post.


05/10/2013

Draft Recommendations for the Route 28 Corridor
artist rendering of rte 28 overview

Please join us for a Public Information Meeting on the
Grounding McGrath: Determining the Future of the Route 28 Corridor Study

Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Albert F. Argenziano School
290 Washington Street, Somerville

MassDOT will present draft recommendations from the study, answer questions and welcome comments.

The recommendations are the culmination of a multi-year collaborative planning effort between MassDOT and community stakeholders to determine the future of the Route 28 Corridor. McGrath Highway (Route 28 from Mystic Avenue/I-93 to the Cambridge boundary) is a relic of another time, when 1950’s auto-dominated transportation began to shape our communities.

The Grounding McGrath study has been evaluating the long-term needs of the Route 28 corridor. And significant planning is already underway for economic development in the area adjacent to the corridor, including the MBTA Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford; the Community Path; the NorthPoint development in Cambridge; and the City of Somerville's planning efforts in Inner Belt, Brickbottom and Union Square. As growth continues, the corridor will play a pivotal role in providing multimodal access for these areas and neighborhoods. The McCarthy Overpass, the elevated structure that carries Route 28 over Washington Street in Somerville, is currently in need of substantial repairs.


Bay State Bike Week: May 11-19
bike riders on roadway

The Patrick-Murray Administration encourages residents to join their neighbors and colleagues to bicycle during Bay State Bike Week, May 11-19, 2013, which celebrates bicycle transportation. Bicycling organizations, neighborhood groups and local governments have planned hundreds of diverse community-based events across the Commonwealth to show that bicycling can be a fun, healthy, safe and sustainable travel choice.

“I applaud the bicyclists who ride to school or work regularly, and I encourage more people to give it a try,” said Governor Deval Patrick. "Together, we can make Massachusetts a greener, healthier and more sustainable state by decreasing traffic congestion, cleaning the air and enabling people to get some exercise in the course of their busy daily lives.”

Massachusetts in 2013 has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as the 6th most “bicycle friendly” state. In addition, MassDOT remains the only state DOT in the nation to actively organize and lead a statewide Bike Week celebration. MassDOT partners with the statewide bicycle education and advocacy group MassBike, as well as MassRIDES, the Commonwealth’s statewide travel options program.

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey says “Bay State Bike Week is a great way for MassDOT and MassBike to kick off the springtime riding season, and encourage some new riders to give biking a try. And we deeply appreciate the work that each event organizer and community does to host events throughout the Commonwealth.”

In addition to community-wide events, the 11 Massachusetts Transportation Management Associations are presenting the 18th annual MassCommute Bicycle Challenge, a friendly competition among employers, schools and communities to see who can log the most miles by bicycle.

To learn more about Bay State Bike Week and for information about current bicycling projects in your area visit www.mass.gov/massdot/bike.


North Bank Bridge Honored for Engineering Excellence
north bank ground view

The North Bank Bridge and Park project in Boston/Cambridge has received an Honor Award in the 2013 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence national competition.

The $26 million North Bank Bridge and Park project funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and completed in spring 2012 provides pedestrians with a safe, accessible and quick route between Cambridge and Charlestown.

The pedestrian bridge is open to biking and rollerblading, in addition to walking or running, giving the public greater access to the parks.

The 690-foot bridge curves under the Zakim Bridge and over the MBTA railway. The steelwork is metalized rather than painted to minimize maintenance. Energy-efficient LED light strips are installed in the bridge’s railings for aesthetics and public safety.

The ACEC award citation says "a former brownfield site has been transformed into a breathtaking new park along the Charles River Basin." The firm Greenman-Pederson, Carol R. Johnson Associates, Stantec, and Ammann & Whitney of Wilmington, Massachusetts received the award for the North Bank project.

ACEC's annual Engineering Excellence Awards honor a total of 24 winners nationally as the year's most outstanding engineering accomplishments in transportation and 11 other categories. The winners are chosen by a distinguished panel representing industry, government, academia and media based on uniqueness, innovation, future value to the engineering profession, and being on schedule and budget.

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