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We are in the process of changing blogging platforms and will return with a new blog on July 1.

For the latest information on MassDOT projects and events, follow our new blog starting July 1, 2013.

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06/28/2013

Longfellow Bridge Public Meeting July 10
Longfellow Bridge

MassDOT has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project as follows:

Wednesday, July 10
7:00-9:00 pm
MIT, Building E25, Room 111
45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

Complete rehabilitation of the iconic Longfellow Bridge will begin this summer. The meeting will include presentation of details on Phase 1 of the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project and the Traffic Stage 1 shift to be implemented in mid-July by the design/build (D/B) team, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC).

Stage 1 work will close the west side of the bridge for construction and shift Boston bound traffic to the east side. Cambridge bound traffic will be detoured using a signed route from Charles Circle to Land Boulevard using Leverett Circle and Monsignor O’Brien Highway. Pedestrian and bicycle access and MBTA Red Line service will be maintained throughout construction.

Staff from WSC will describe traffic monitoring and management plans at the meeting.Following the presentation, MassDOT and D/B staff will lead a discussion to gather public comments and answer questions.

The rehabilitation project will address the bridge’s current structural deficiencies, upgrade its structural capacity and bring it up to modern code, including improved multimodal access and bridge-to-city-street connections to meet accessibility guidelines. The repairs and modifications will be consistent with the historic character of the bridge and comply with environmental standards. The end result will be a signature bridge ready for many more years of service.

To be added to the project email or US Mail distribution lists, contact Stephanie Boundy at 857-368-8904 or stephanie.boundy@state.ma.us. For construction related questions, complaints or issues, contact the project hotline, 617-519-9892, or email address, longfellowbridge@state.ma.us. The meeting location is accessible.


July 4: Travel Safely, Use Public Transit
fall river aerial view

MassDOT encourages safe travel during the upcoming July 4 holiday. Before you drive, check our live Traffic Cameras web page for a look at current traffic.

Drivers may sign up for the 511 traveler information service to receive alerts via email, text or telephone. MassDOT reminds drivers to avoid using cell phones while driving and to call into the 511 service before they leave.

Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 pm Thursday, July 4, through 5 am Friday morning, July 5. The plazas serving free coffee include 11 service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6 in Barnstable, and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.

The MBTA will provide enhanced subway service on all lines operating at rush hour levels beginning at 2pm on July 4. Fares will be free after 9:30 p.m. Customers are urged to take public transportation to and from Fourth of July events and advised to check T-Alerts and mbta.com for the most up-to-date service information during the holiday.

As a reminder, bicycles are not allowed on any subway lines, all day, on the Fourth of July. Bicycles are not allowed on inbound Commuter Rail trains from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on outbound trains after 4 p.m.

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