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Wednesday, May 22
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10 Park Plaza, Boston
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1st in Nation
"Carbon Neutral"
Airport Project

MassDOT's Aeronautics Division and Volpe National Transportation Systems Center have announced a pilot program to create the first ever airport with “carbon neutral” ground operations in the United States.

Nantucket Memorial Airport has been chosen to take all steps necessary to implement that designation.

View the entire Carbon Neutral Airport blog post.

MassDOT and Volpe, with the support of a Planning Advisory Group, chose the Nantucket Airport from among five Commonwealth general aviation airports that were eligible to receive Federal Aviation Administration sustainability/low emission funding to support the project.


05/17/2013

Westfield-Barnes Airport Celebrates Gulfstream Expansion
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MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey this week joined Gulfstream Aerospace leaders, Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport and local officials to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for the Gulfstream Hangar Expansion Project.

Gulfstream’s expansion includes a new 100,000 square foot hangar with office space and will result in 100 new jobs added to Gulfstream’s existing airport workforce of 140.

“Massachusetts is leading the nation in economic recovery, thanks to companies like Gulfstream that are expanding right here in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Patrick. “Because of our investments in innovation, education and infrastructure, Massachusetts is a great place for business, and I thank Gulfstream for adding these 100 new jobs, and the economic benefits that will follow.”

“Aviation is an economic engine across the state, and right here in Westfield it generates more than 2,000 jobs and economic output of $180 million,” said Secretary Davey. “Gulfstream’s investment combined with MassDOT and other state financial support will further enhance opportunities in this area.”

Gulfstream Aerospace manufactures mid-size and large cabin business jet aircraft with Northeast aircraft maintenance repair facilities centered at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport. The company invested approximately $20 million in the hangar expansion. MassDOT funds totaling $3 million realigned the airport perimeter roadway and provided additional parking, while the Massachusetts Office of Business Development provided $2 million for a new road providing access to Gulfstream and a newly-created industrial park.


MassDOT Energy & Innovation Expo Next Week
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The MassDOT Office of Energy, Technology & Management is pleased to invite you to attend the Energy and Innovation Expo scheduled to be held on

Wednesday and Thursday
May 22nd and 23rd, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m

The Expo will be a great opportunity for you to receive information on the various areas of energy, including but not limited to: conservation; distribution; innovation; measurement; recent advancements; renewable energy; and research. Vendors will host tables to provide detailed energy information, showcase initiatives and projects, and be available to answer questions.

The Expo will be held at the:

State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Second Floor Common Area
Boston



Dennis Bridge Opens Ahead of Summer Season
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The Upper County Road Bridge over the Swan River in Dennis reopened to traffic this week in advance of the upcoming busy season.

“MassDOT is pleased to inform the community we have met our milestone completion date of May 15 for replacing the structurally deficient bridge at Upper County Road,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. “MassDOT is attuned to the needs and economy of Cape Cod and we do our best to complete our work with both safety and the quality of life impacts in mind.”

MassDOT used rapid construction techniques and also accelerated the timetable for replacing the bridge structure by more than five months to lessen impacts on residents and visitors to the area. Residents and visitors have followed a detour since late November of 2012 to allow for the replacement. Prefabricated bridge units were used as part of the acceleration.

The replacement of Upper County Road is part a $9 million bridge replacement project that also includes the replacement of the Main Street Bridge (Route 28) in Dennis. Construction sequencing at Main Street allows for continuous traffic during construction and work will continue on this bridge through the summer months including construction of a temporary bridge. The completion date for the Main Street Bridge is mid-2014.

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