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Longfellow Bridge Detour Begins July 20

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.

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07/19/2013

Fairmount Line Improvements Celebrated
Beverly Scott at podium

Governor Deval Patrick this week joined Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey and MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott to officially open the Four Corners Commuter Rail Station and celebrate the recent improvements made along the entire Fairmount Commuter Rail Line. The new stations and other improvements along the line are the culmination of years of work between city, state and federal agencies, community activists and development organizations that will improve public transportation in the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.

"We all know that reliable public transportation translates into jobs, economic opportunity and a higher quality of life," said Governor Patrick. "I am proud of the tremendous progress we have made in improving the Fairmount Line, but there is more to do to give our residents the 21st century transportation system they deserve. We will continue the fight for reliable roads and bridges, and an efficient and affordable public transportation system."

MassDOT and the MBTA also celebrated the openings of the new Talbot Avenue Commuter Rail Station, which opened to customers in November, and the Newmarket Commuter Rail Station, which opened for service July 1, 2013 with Four Corners. Work on the fourth new station of the Fairmount Line Improvements Project, Blue Hill Ave, is expected to begin construction later this summer.

"The significant investments made in the Fairmount Line represent our belief in the transformative power of transportation," said Secretary Davey. "The improvement of service and addition of stations along the Commuter Rail’s only line exclusively serving the City of Boston will bring opportunities for economic development for the residents and neighborhoods of this great city."

The station locations were chosen to support improved bus service by reducing overcrowding on existing buses, to relieve traffic congestion on main thoroughfares and to provide an alternative mode of transportation in creating "walk-to" stations for neighborhood residents along the corridor.

The opening of these new stations is accompanied by the return of pre-construction service levels to the line bringing 20 inbound and 20 outbound trips per day down the line and reducing the wait time between trains. Also in an effort to increase ridership, the MBTA is launching a pilot program that will move Fairmount Station into Zone 1A for at least the next 18 months.

The Fairmount Line represents yet another significant investment in public transit by the Patrick Administration. After years of neglect, the MBTA's existing infrastructure is getting the maintenance and upgrades necessary to keep the system operating in a safe and reliable manner. "State-of-good-repair" spending is approaching nearly $600 million per year. In 2011 and 2012, the MBTA experienced unprecedented ridership growth while introducing subway countdown clocks, smartphone apps for tracking the arrival of buses and trains, mobile ticketing for commuter rail and improved accessibility with new elevators and escalators at various stations.


Safe Routes to School: "Stepping Out to Summer"
children at play

The school year may be over, but walking and bicycling to school initiatives are still going strong.

MassDOT's Safe Routes to School program is educating elementary and middle school aged children on the importance of walking and biking to school through our Stepping Out to Summer Program. Through a variety of fun and interactive activities, the program engages and educates school-aged children on the health and environmental benefits of walking and bicycling as transportation options and reviews important pedestrian and bicycle safety skills.

MassDOT's Safe Routes to School Outreach Coordinators are working with communities, and partner schools throughout the Commonwealth to conduct more than 40 sessions in 16 communities. Sessions are expected to engage more than 1,000 students throughout the summer, in communities that include Palmer, Fall River, Lawrence and Framingham among others.

The program is free for partner schools and communities. To see if your child’s school or community is a partner, or to sign up, contact Samantha Fonseca-Moreira, Safe Routes to School Statewide Coordinator at 857-368-8639 or Samantha.Fonseca-Moreira@dot.state.ma.us


MassDOT Historic Mile Marker Preservation Honored
stone mile marker

A MassDOT-led restoration of a Milestone Marker on Harvard Avenue in Brighton has received a 2013 Boston Preservation Alliance Award.

Milestone Marker #6 was built in 1729 among 40 markers along what was known as Upper Boston Post Road. The restored marker’s inscription: "Boston 6 miles 1729 P.D." "P.D" refers to Judge Paul Dudley, who led the move to include Brighton, Roxbury and Brookline into the road.

Mile Marker #6 was significantly damaged by a vehicle two years ago. MassDOT is responsible for maintaining milestone markers on Boston Post Road. MassDOT conservation experts working with contractor Daedalus completed restoration and also moved the marker farther away from the curb to help prevent future damage.

Boston Preservation Alliance Executive Director Greg Galer says, "the Brighton Mile Marker project is not only an example of a small object raising awareness of history and historic preservation, but a trigger for larger work. MassDOT is undertaking an inventory of mile markers throughout the state and developing a preservation program for them."

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