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Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board

Burns Bridge

The Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board appointed through the leadership of the Patrick-Murray Administration and Secretary Davey has new members and a new focus and operation. The Board serves in an advisory role to advance bicycling and pedestrian transportation for MassDOT and other state agencies.

In addition to the newly appointed membership, the board's work plan established at its first meeting in January 2012 established clear goals to advance MassDOT's Healthy Transportation Compact, GreenDOT Policy, and mode shift objective.

Since being established in 2004, the Board met in Boston, and that has also changed. In May the Board met in Worcester, where District Three and Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission staff presented current project information. In July the Board met in Brockton, left, where District Five and the Old Colony Planning Council highlighted projects that improved walking and bicycling conditions.

The Board will meet in Lowell on November 14, where District Four and Northern Middlesex Council of Governments staff will focus on regional walking and bicycling improvements.

The Board's next meeting is September 19 at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston. To learn more or be placed on the Board mailing list, contact Josh Lehman, josh.lehman@state.ma.us

08/24/2012

South Station Expansion Project

MBTA South Station expansion design

MassDOT in conjunction with the MBTA and the City of Boston is launching the South Station Expansion Project. Using funds awarded by the federal government, MassDOT will spend the next several years performing planning, environmental review, and preliminary design for an expanded station and ancillary facilities.

Among other project elements, the South Station Expansion project will analyze the options for expanding the rail tracks, expanding and improving passenger amenities, improving the existing streetscape and urban design (including a new segment of the Boston Harborwalk along Dorchester Avenue), and siting a new daytime rail vehicle storage facility. MassDOT is working closely with the U.S. Postal Service on issues related to the U.S.P.S. facility on Dorchester Avenue.

MassDOT welcomes public input, and is planning a kick-off event for the project in the autumn. Please sign up for more information about the South Station Expansion project: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/southstationexpansion/Notification.aspx.



MassDOT Small Bottleneck Program

Westhampton Bridge, Secretary Davey, August 14, 2012

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey announced the award of $1.2 million for the replacement of South Road Bridge in Westhampton as part of MassDOT's Small Bottlebeck Grant Program.

The Small Bottleneck Program provides communities with funding and technical assistance to complete roadway improvement projects of approximately $1 million that do not score high enough to qualify for federal funding but would result in significant improvements for the local economy, quality of life, safety and/or commute times.

This program supports MassDOT's commitment to both small and large investments in transportation that help leverage economic development and jobs. The project was previously anticipated to be Federal Aid funded through the Transportation Improvement Program but has never been programmed for construction.

"MassDOT, on behalf of the Patrick-Murray Administration, is proud to partner with the community of Westhampton on this important project. These kinds of smaller-scale investments are often overlooked but are incredibly important to communities," said Secretary Davey.

The project will replace the existing 12 foot long, 20 foot wide bridge with a three-sided precast concrete rigid frame structure 28 feet in width. The new bridge will better accommodate pedestrians, including its use by athletes training from the nearby regional high school.

The bridge will be closed for construction and a detour will be implemented via Route 66, Southampton Road and Stage Road.



Derek S. Hines Bridge Dedication

Amesbury Hines Bridge, Lt. Governor Murray, August 13, 2012

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined the Hines family and state and local officials for the dedication ceremony of the First Lieutenant Derek S. Hines Memorial Bridge in Amesbury. The bridge opened to traffic on August 6 and had been closed for construction since November 2010.

"Massachusetts is proud to honor our veterans and pay respect to those fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our country's freedom," said Lieutenant Governor Murray, Chair of the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services.

"We dedicate this bridge that connects our communities and families as we come together to remember First Lieutenant Hines, a native of Newburyport, for his service and dedication to his community, Commonwealth, and country."

The $34 million Hines Bridge Project replaced the structurally deficient swing bridge carrying Main Street over the Merrimack River. The bridge connects Deer Island with Amesbury and Newburyport. The project was constructed using an innovative design-build construction technique that reduced the construction timeline.

The Hines Bridge was named after First Lieutenant Derek S. Hines, a 25-year-old Army Ranger who was killed in 2005 during a firefight in Afghanistan. Lieutenant Hines grew up in Newburyport and Amesbury. MassDOT and the contractor have worked closely with the Hines family and state representatives to include a pedestal with a memorial plaque that will be installed on the pedestrian overlook constructed as part of the project.

MassDOT is using the design-build method on numerous projects to combine the traditional design-bid-build method into a single item with contractors responsible for design and construction of a project. Working together, design and construction teams are able to complete projects within shorter timelines.



MassDOT Board September Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, September 12, 1:00pm, State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston.

The MBTA Board will meet first at 1pm, followed by the MassDOT Board. All meetings are open to the public.

The meeting schedule is available on the MassDOT website.
http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/BoardsCommittees/BoardofDirectors/BoardMeetings.aspx

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