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South Station: Summer Destination Gateway

by Kate Fichter
South Station Expansion
Project Manager

As we think about the future potential of Boston South Station, we can also take the time to celebrate that summer has finally arrived in Boston and that South Station provides a gateway to many seasonal activities. The air is warm, the sun is bright, and the farmer’s markets – including the twice-weekly Dewey Square market, just a few steps away from the doors to South Station – are open for business. Perhaps you have an event to attend in the city, or you’ve come on a spontaneous visit. Maybe you’re just passing through, with a final destination other than Boston. One thing is for certain – you have arrived at historic South Station.

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07/12/2013

Longfellow Bridge Detour Begins July 20
Longfellow Bridge

Beginning on July 20, MassDOT will begin major construction activity on the Longfellow Bridge connecting Boston and Cambridge over the Charles River. As part of the rehabilitation project, the bridge will be closed for vehicular travel in the Cambridge-bound direction. One vehicle travel lane to Boston, MBTA Red Line service inbound and outbound, emergency response, and bicycle and pedestrian access will be maintained throughout construction.

Effective July 20, 2013 through September 2014, one lane of traffic will carry vehicles into Boston (using the current Cambridge-bound lane) and Cambridge-bound traffic will be detoured using a signed route from Charles Circle to Land Boulevard using Leverett Circle and Monsignor O’Brien Highway. Subsequent to September 2014, the Boston-bound travel lane will shift its position on the bridge while keeping the Cambridge-bound detour in place.

Preliminary work to prepare for construction and the traffic shift began in April 2013 and will be completed by July 20. Traffic signal timing changes, lane restriping, and curb modifications at five area intersections will accommodate the traffic management plan. Overhead highway signs on I-93 and I-90 and portable variable message boards on local roads will provide advance notice of traffic pattern changes. Traffic conditions will be monitored at key locations and through the use of traffic cameras installed as part of the project.

The three and a half year project will rehabilitate the iconic "Salt and Pepper" Bridge to improve safety, structural integrity, capacity, and meet modern codes including ADA accessibility.

The Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project is part of the Patrick Administration’s $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program. For more information on the project and traffic management plans, visit the Longfellow Bridge project website. For questions or to report issues and concerns related to construction, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email longfellowbridge@state.ma.us.


Whittier Bridge/I-95: Preliminary Work Begins
Whittier Bridge aerial view

Preliminary work is underway this week as MassDOT contractors move forward on the Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project. The preliminary work to prepare for major construction will require day and night lane closures within the project limits. Lane closures will be in the north and southbound directions on the bridge itself and on both sides of I-95. Daytime closures will be one lane only. Nighttime closures may be single or multiple lanes, depending on the location. All lane closures will be during non-peak travel times.

The project is part of the Patrick Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace Commonwealth bridges. The WhittierBridge is a critical regional transportation link for people and commerce. The project will bring the bridge up to current safety standards and increase highway capacity to handle projected future traffic volumes. In addition, the project includes the first shared-use path along a Massachusetts interstate.

For more information, please visit the Whittier Bridge/I-95 project website. To be added to the project distribution list to receive advisories, updates and meeting notices, please contact Stephanie Boundy at 857-368-8904 or stephanie.boundy@state.ma.us.


Bay State Bike Week: 14,000 Participants
bike week participants with bicycles

MassDOT, MassRIDES and MassBike wrapped up a successful 4th annual Bay State Bike Week on Sunday, May 19th with more than 14,000 riders participating. Bay State Bike Week is a statewide celebration of cycling, featuring bicycle-focused events that are coordinated at the local level and registered and promoted through the Bike Week website.

2013 was the biggest to date, including nearly 175 events and more than 14,000 riders enjoying bicycle film festivals in Western Mass, bike to work convoy’s on the Cape, a Bike Rodeo hosted by Quincy DPW to teach bicycle safety to local children, and many more events.

By demonstrating the support, enthusiasm and high levels of participation that bicycling enjoys in Massachusetts, events like Bay State Bike Week help to advance the cause of greater bicycle accommodation in our transportation system.

This year, MassDOT continues to maintain a top ten bicycle-friendly state ranking by the League of American Bicyclists. Events like those during Bay State Bike Week are what help to keep us as a top ten bicycle-friendly state!

For more information about bicycling in Massachusetts, visit MassDOT’s bike page at Mass.gov/MassDOT/Bike

Thanks to all of you who participated in Bay State Bike Week 2013. We look forward to working with you throughout the year to continue promoting bicycling as a safe, healthy, green and fun form of transportation.

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