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Green Line Extension Station Design Meetings

MassDOT and the MBTA are hosting public meetings in June to provide an update on specific station designs for the Green Line Extension Project. Please join us at these meetings to learn about ongoing design work and find out the next steps for this important project!

View the entire Station Design Meetings blog post.

More information can be found at the Green Line Extension project website


06/07/2013

Northampton: I-91 Interchange 19 Design Work Begins
ariel view of I-91 Interchange

MassDOT is beginning roadway design work on one of the alternatives under review as part of the Northampton I-91 Interchange 19 Study.

Alternative 13A includes a roundabout at the I-91 northbound Damon Road-Route 9 intersection exit ramp along with I-91 southbound entrance intersection improvements, including ramp widening, signal modifications, and an additional left turn lane on Route 9 to I-91 southbound.

The additional left turn lane on Route 9 will extend under the I-91 overpass bridge. The sidewalk on the north side of the roadway will be relocated behind the piers.

The study begun in 2009 seeks to improve mobility in the I-91 Exit 19 area. The entire project includes traffic analysis, roadway design, environmental analysis, and significant community input. To date, there have been more than 11 meetings with a Project Advisory Committee and two public meetings. The Committee of neighborhood, City, and regional representatives has been instrumental in guiding the project and offering input on the alternatives that were being considered, encouraging additional design work to address bicycle and pedestrians. A majority of Committee members have voiced support for Alternative 13A.

The project preliminary 25% Design is expected to be completed by the end of 2014, with completion of the 100% Design Plan by the end of 2016 and construction completion by 2019, depending on funding availability. MassDOT will continue to work with the Committee through the project design phase, including holding several additional meetings.

Additional information on the I-91 Interchange 19 project is available on the project website at www.mass.gov/massdot/interchange19.


Fore River Bridge Project Progress
ariel view of Fore River Bridge

Construction continues in June on the Fore River Bridge Replacement Project with installation of the permanent replacement bridge foundation components.

Current work includes installation of the drilled shafts associated with the new bridge's towers. Permanent drilled shaft casings for the Quincy tower have been completed with remaining casings for the Weymouth tower being installed. The photograph shows the first concrete placement at the permanent drilled shafts for the Quincy tower.

Area residents are reminded that worker parking has been provided in the Fore River shipyard or elsewhere within the MassDOT right-of-way or easements, in order to avoid any impact on public streets now or at any point during the project.

The Fore River Bridge Replacement is part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Fore River Bridge project includes the complete replacement and eventual removal of the existing temporary span. The project now underway is scheduled for completion in 2016.

For more information, we invite you to visit the Fore River Bridge project website.


Silver Line Gateway Public Meeting June 19
silver line bus

MassDOT’s Silver Line Gateway Alternatives Analysis study is reviewing the potential benefits, costs and impacts of high-quality bus rapid transit service enhancements for Chelsea and East Boston.

The next public meeting for the Silver Line Gateway Alternatives Analysis project is as follows: June 19, 6-8pm, Chelsea City Hall, City Council Chamber, 500 Broadway

MassDOT is evaluating the potential for extending Silver Line service from South Station and the Seaport District to new connections with the Blue Line and East Boston neighborhoods at Airport Station and the City of Chelsea via Massport’s newly constructed Marty Coughlin Bypass Road. These connections would link important gateways, including neighborhoods and the critical air, rail and port points of entry to the Boston area.

A Silver Line extension could fill a critical gap in access between residents in Chelsea, East Boston and other Blue Line communities and new opportunities across Boston Harbor. Chelsea includes a greater proportion of transit-dependent residents than any other city or town in the Boston area.

MassDOT is working with residents, businesses, community organizations and elected officials in Chelsea and Boston over the next several months in exploring alternative routes for enhanced transit service.

We welcome ideas and participation. Visit the Silver Line Gateway website to learn more.

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