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MassDOT June Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 19
MBTA Board Room
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza, Boston
Full Meeting Schedule

On the Trans Blog

Callahan Tunnel Rehabilitation Public Meetings Set

MassDOT has scheduled two public information meetings in Boston regarding the Callahan Tunnel Rehabilitation Project as follows:

June 20 – 6:30pm
Nazzaro Community Center
30 North Bennet Street

June 26 – 6:30pm
East Boston High School
86 White Street

The project includes rehabilitation of the tunnel’s deck, curb line, gutters and replacement of the tunnel’s wall panels. MassDOT project staff will present details including preliminary work schedule information and expected traffic impacts.

For more information, please contact John Romano at 857-368-8905


Framingham: Bridge Dedication for MassDOT Engineer
dedication ceremony

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey, Highway Administrator Frank DePaola, Representative Chris Walsh, and other elected officials this week attended the dedication of the Route 9 Bridge over the Sudbury River in Framingham for Greg Vilidnitsky. MassDOT Engineer Vilidnitsky was struck and killed on Sept. 14, 2010, while working on Route 9 in Framingham.

Mr. Vilidnitsky joined MassDOT in 2008 and was immediately noticed by his colleagues and supervisors for his superior work ethic and talent.

“By all accounts, Greg Vilidnitsky was a true leader and an outstanding example of the kind of qualities we, at MassDOT, strive for each day,” said Secretary Davey. “And it is because of who he was that makes his loss resonate with all of us even more.”

“Every day, MassDOT personnel and our contractors put themselves in harm’s way as part of their job,” said Administrator DePaola. “The tragedy that took the life of someone so talented tells us we need to continue our efforts to educate the public that behind those barrels and barriers, are our friends, our coworkers, and members of our family.”

Working with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and the Massachusetts State Police, MassDOT started a Work Zone Speed Enforcement program to enforce speed restrictions in construction sites and generate public awareness of the dangers of speeding and distracted or impaired driving. The program went into effect on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 and is in its second full season.

The program includes additional State Troopers, with two teams of Troopers deployed at different work sites across the state on a given day to enforce speeding. Between April 5 and May 26 of 2013, State Police have made 112 stops and have issued 101 speeding citations.

MBTA: Wedgemere Station Reopens
speaker at podium

MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott joined elected officials and community members in reopening the Wedgemere Commuter Rail Station in Winchester. Located along the Lowell Commuter Rail Line, the station improvements enhance accessibility for all customers with new ramps, platforms, and parking lot upgrades.

“In reopening Wedgemere Station, the MBTA is showing how we move forward in helping to provide better service for our customers. This project highlights the MBTA’s commitment to expanding access to our system for people throughout the Commonwealth,” said General Manager Beverly Scott. “Projects like these speak to the overarching MassDOT priorities of customer service and safety, as well as our goal of having accessibility system-wide.”

The $2.2 million Wedgemere Commuter Rail Station project has been funded through an American Recovery & Reinvestment Act federal stimulus grant. Federal funds allowed for the design and installation of two new mini-high platforms and two accessible ramps that lead to the platform from the public way. The funds also supported parking lot and lighting improvements.

The improvements at Wedgemere station were made possible in part thanks to Winchester resident Jean Batty, who worked closely with the MBTA, Federal Transit Administration and local officials to secure funding so that her entire family, including her son Theo, who uses a wheelchair, could have access to the MBTA system.

The Town of Winchester was a key partner with the MBTA throughout this project. The design of the accessible elements reflects the collaboration between the Town and the MBTA.

Safety remained a priority throughout construction, with no major reportable accidents. The station remained open throughout the project.

Preserving Falcons, One Nest at a Time
peregrine falcon chicks in nest

A longstanding partnership between MassDOT and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program to preserve the rare Peregrine Falcon species is now a proven success.

Peregrines at the I-90 bridge over the Connecticut River in Chicopee/West Springfield have nested in the special box placed on the bridge. MassWildlife working with MassDOT installed the current peregrine falcon nest box on the I-90 bridge in 2011.

MassDOT also assisted in the "banding" of four additional Peregrine Falcons. These falcons, two male and two female, have been placed in a nesting box on the Route 9 Bridge over the Connecticut River in Northampton/Hadley. Banding allows MassWildlife officials to track the health and growth of the falcons, a species lost from the state in the 1950’s in large part due to the use of DDT. MassDOT Highway and Environmental officials are pleased to assist in providing nesting and securing a future for the falcons, in keeping with our GreenDOT environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative.

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