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Wednesday
September 25
MBTA Board Room
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Worcester-Shrewsbury: Burns Bridge Progress

New steel arches are in place and roadway construction underway in late summer as part of the $89 million Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project on Route 9 over Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester and Shrewsbury.

The aerial view above shows the superstructure of the eastbound side of the replacement bridge, with the horizontal elements on which the new bridge deck will be constructed placed on new steel arches.

View the entire Burns Bride blog post.

The Burns Bridge Replacement Project will replace the current Burns Bridge with a new steel deck arch bridge, with completion in 2016.


09/06/2013

E-ZPass Transponder Sign Up, Toll Hearings
EZPass Van

The MassDOT E-ZPass Street Team this week issued free transponders during sign ups in Lee and Chicopee ahead of the October 15 restoration of tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike between Interchanges 1 – 6.

"With the restoration of tolls approaching, we want to make sure as many Turnpike users as possible have access to the convenience of electronic toll collection," said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola.

Additional on-site E-ZPass sign-ups will be scheduled in this region in the coming weeks. Customers may also join E-ZPass online at Mass.gov/EZPassMA or by phone, 877-627-7745.

MassDOT is also holding two public hearings on the toll restoration next week.

The hearings will include a brief presentation and time for comments and questions, and exchange of orange transponders or sign up for the E-ZPass program. The hearings are as follows:

Tuesday, September 10, 6pm -9pm, Lee High School, 300 Greylock Street, Lee

Thursday, September 12, 6pm-9pm, Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield

If you wish to comment by email: WesternTurnpike@state.ma.us.


Somerville-Boston I-93: HOV Lane Reminder
driver's view in HOV lane

MassDOT reminds drivers that the I-93 southbound High Occupancy Vehicle lane in Somerville and Boston is restricted to vehicles with two or more passengers only during weekdays between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM.

MassDOT in June started the $12.75 million project to make bridge and roadway repairs and resurface I-93 in both directions for approximately two miles in Somerville and Boston.

In order to complete the reconstruction work, the barrier islands that previously separated the HOV lane on I-93 south have been temporarily removed for the duration of the project. MassDOT has replaced the islands temporarily with pavement markings and signs to clearly identify the HOV lane and associated restrictions.

New three-foot reflective paddles will be installed near the end of the project to separate the HOV lane from the remaining lanes of I-93 south.

As a reminder, from Monday to Friday between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., the HOV lane is open to passenger vehicles with two or more occupants, buses, and motorcycles.

HOV lane use is closely monitored by State Police. Ineligible vehicles are subject to a $50 fine.

The project is expected to be completed by late 2014.


September: National Preparedness Month
preparedness poster

MassDOT and the MBTA are participating with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) in National Preparedness Month for September 2013.

Residents are encouraged to prepare for natural and man-made emergencies by taking several basic steps:

Get a Kit assembled that will help you deal with an emergency situation.

Make a Plan in advance for your family to shelter-in-place or relocate if necessary.

Be Informed by learning about potential hazards in your area and how to prepare.

To learn more, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready.gov website

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