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Aeronautics:
Airport Taxiway
Markings Savings

MassDOT's Aeronautics Division this spring, in addition to its other responsibilities, is painting airport taxiway markings throughout the Commonwealth.

The Statewide Taxiway Marking Project is repainting taxiway markings at 30 public-use airports. MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey in May visited the Beverly Municipal Airport, left, where the crew was at work.

Thomas Mahoney and Kathleen Mahoney, Aeronautics Division engineers, managed to save approximately $85,000 on the taxiway program by producing the plans and specifications in-house and by using an existing Highway Division engineering support contract to provide resident engineering services.

The repainted markings include: centerlines, edgelines, holdlines, non-movement area markings, enhanced centerlines, surface painted signs, compass roses, airport names and identifiers.

Airport taxiway markings are a safety issue, helping pilots navigate to and from the runway or apron. Faded markings can make traversing the airport confusing and increase the possibility of an airfield accident. The work is approximately 50% completed and will continue in June.

06/01/2012

Springfield: Tornado Relief Road Repair Funds

Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray this week joined MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey in Springfield to award $1.35 million in reimbursements to the City to fund essential storm damage repairs following the June 1, 2011 tornado.

The funds for Springfield are part of $3.9 million in federal emergency funds available to reimburse eight communities for the cost of emergency repairs associated with the June 2011 storms. The funds supported rebuilding of roads, sidewalks and debris removal.

Springfield is the first community to receive its award. Reimbursement funding to Monson and Wilbraham is expected to be released in the coming days for emergency work on the following roadways:

  • Monson: $519,000- Ely Road, High Street, Main Street, Hampden Upper, Wilbraham Road
  • Wilbraham: $956,000- Main Street, Stony Hill Road, Tinkham Drive, Rochford Drive

Communities working to complete the reimbursement process include:

  • West Springfield: $200,000- Union Street and Main Street
  • Brimfield: $449,000- Holland Road, East Brimfield Road, Warren Road, Main Street
  • Southbridge: $150,000- Pleasant Street/Airport Access Road
  • Sturbridge: $172,000- Fiske Hill Road
  • Westfield: $70,000- Shaker Road, Pontussic Road
Tornado Relief

In addition to reimbursements for emergency repairs, MassDOT and transportation partners on behalf of the Patrick-Murray Administration initiated efforts on numerous fronts to respond to the storm:

MassDOT crews offered direct support beginning in the first hours following the storms on June 1, 2011.

More than 20 MassDOT Highway employees from the Springfield-Northampton and Worcester areas provided emergency response including tree removal crews in Brimfield, Monson, and Palmer and more than a dozen dump trucks, front end loaders, chain saws and other equipment critical to the initial clean-up activities.

MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles offered western Massachusetts residents who lost their driver’s license or Massachusetts ID in the storm an opportunity to apply for a free duplicate. Governor Deval Patrick ordered that the $25 fee associated with duplicate IDs and license be waived during the month of June 2011 for residents living in the communities impacted by the storms.

Massport in 2011 donated approximately $300,000 in windows, doors and other building materials to the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity. The building materials were unused from the Boston Logan Residential Soundproofing Program. Habitat for Humanity says at least 25 families whose homes were damaged in the storms received the materials to assist in home repair


MassDOT Farmer's Markets 2012

Farmer's Market

MassDOT's Farmer’s Market Program is now underway for 2012 and invites local farmers to take advantage of free space to sell their home grown produce and made-in-Massachusetts products at 18 Service Plazas. Eleven plazas are located along I-90 and seven others along other Massachusetts state highways.

This year’s selling season kicked off in May with stands set up at the Charlton eastbound and Framingham Service Plazas. Letters have been sent to more than 300 Massachusetts farmers inviting them to sell their goods and produce.

Complimentary vending space is made available on a first-come, first-served basis at I-90 Service Plazas located in Lee, Blandford, Ludlow, Charlton, Westborough, Framingham and Natick. Space is also available at seven MassDOT locations in Newton, Lexington and Beverly along Route 128/I-95. Other locations include Bridgewater (north & southbound) on Route 24, Plymouth (Route 3), and Barnstable (Route 6). Farmers can sell their goods as long as they do not compete with the businesses that operate within the service plazas. MassDOT also assists in setting up the outdoor markets and provides on-the-road advertising using portable message boards.

Local farmers who want more information are asked to contact program coordinator Dave Fenton at dave.fenton@state.ma.us or at 413-572-3171.


MassDOT Board June Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, June 6, 1:00pm, MBTA Board Room, Suite 3910, State Transportation Building, Boston.

The MBTA Board will meet first at 1pm, followed by the MassDOT Board. All meetings are open to the public.

The meeting schedule is available on the MassDOT website.
http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/BoardsCommittees/BoardofDirectors/BoardMeetings.aspx