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MassDOT September Board Meeting

September 25
MBTA Board Room
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza, Boston
Full Meeting Schedule

On the Trans Blog

When the Sox Arrived at South Station

When a Major League Baseball team travels by train today — say, a short Amtrak trip from Philadelphia to Washington or a longer ride from Boston to New York — the novelty makes headlines. Players sometimes even don vintage hats in homage to a bygone era when train travel was as much a part of the game as flannel uniforms and chewing tobacco.

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When the Sox Arrived
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Longfellow Bridge Detour Begins
traffic on longfellow bridge

The Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project is entering major construction and the detour is now in place for Cambridge-bound traffic through September 2014.

We invite you to report issues or seek answers to your questions by using the dedicated project hotline, 617-519-9892, or project email address,

For more information visit the Longfellow Bridge Project website.

Fore River Bridge Construction Update
image of Fore River Bridge construction

MassDOT Fore River Bridge replacement project contractors will add a third overnight work shift beginning next week, July 29, from 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM. As described during public outreach for the project, certain critical aspects of the bridge replacement require 24-hour operation. It is anticipated that the current third shift will last until approximately the end of September 2013.

Work during the third shift will include operating the recirculating drill in the drilled shafts set in the bed of the Fore River. No other work is scheduled for the third shift. Noise levels will be below what abutters experience during the first and second shifts in accordance with the project’s noise control plan.

Motorists moving through the area will not experience traffic impacts. No deliveries will be scheduled during the third shift and no additional trucks are required for the operation of the recirculating drill.

For any immediate questions or concerns regarding third shift or any other construction activities at the Fore River Bridge site, please call 617-504-2924. This telephone number is operated by a member of the White-Skanska design/build team and is live at all times when construction activities are underway.

Motorists are reminded that during this phase of construction, bridge openings associated with the passage of ships and maintenance of the temporary span will continue as normal. Replacement of the Fore River Bridge is taking place under the Commonwealth’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program, an eight-year, $3 billion effort to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges across Massachusetts.

For more information about this job, please contact Donald Dailey at or 857-368-8902. Visit the Fore River Bridge Replacement Project website to learn more.

E-ZPass Free Transponder Sign Up
people signing up at the ez pass van

MassDOT’s E-ZPass Van crew members are visiting local communities this summer, providing drivers the opportunity to sign up on the spot for a free E-ZPass transponder.

This week the E-ZPass Van visited Revere.

For the remaining weekdays in July, the E-Zpass Van will be located at the Market Basket in Chelsea.

In the coming days, E-ZPass hopes to visit Saugus and other communities. If you see the Van, please stop by or visit E-ZPass online.

MassDOT is encouraging motorists to join E-ZPass via the mobile E-ZPass registration vehicle following announced plans to implement All-Electronic Tolling on the Tobin Bridge.

Beginning early in 2014, motorists will no longer stop at a toll booth and pay cash for their Tobin Bridge toll. Tolls will be collected electronically through the E-ZPass transponder or via a program in which a camera captures the license plate and the vehicle’s registered owner is billed by mail.

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