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MassDOT October Board Meeting

October 23
MBTA Board Room
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza, Boston
Full Meeting Schedule

On the MassDOT Blog

October: General Aviation Month

Governor Deval Patrick has proclaimed October as "General Aviation Month" in honoring the Commonwealth's 39 public use airports, including Boston Logan International Airport. A MassDOT Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study found that public use airports support 124,000 direct and indirect jobs and generate a total economic output of nearly $12 billion annually.

"Our public use airports are economic engines, supporting business, manufacturing, and tourism," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. "In addition, airports serve the military and support response to emergencies and natural disasters."

"MassDOT and our Board of Directors are continuing to support and invest in the general aviation system, including a statewide terminal building program and runway improvements," said Christopher Willenborg, MassDOT Aeronautics Division Administrator. "We are also preparing to update the 2011 Airport Economic Impact Study to further confirm the vital role aviation plays in providing safe transportation."

The 2011 study completed by MassDOT Aeronautics Division with the assistance of the Federal Aviation Administration measured the total $12 billion in economic impact of the 39 public-use airports, which reflects commercial airline service, military aviation, emergency law enforcement and medical transport activity and general aviation.

The Massachusetts aviation industry includes 22 aircraft charter companies, 58 aircraft maintenance facilities, 12 flight schools, and 41 fixed-based operators.


Fall River: Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Work Begins
braga bridge

MassDOT contractors for the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project will begin work on the Braga Bridge the evening of Tuesday, October 15.

Braga Bridge/I-195 westbound and eastbound right lane and breakdown lane construction zones will be set up for steel repair and painting beginning the night of Tuesday, October 15. The contractor will begin the traffic set up on Tuesday, October 15 on the westbound side of the bridge and anticipates the work will be complete on Saturday morning, October 19. The work entails closing the middle and right lanes during the work hours of 7:30 PM to 4:00 AM. Traffic will be maintained using the left lane during the overnight hours. At the end of each work shift during this timeframe, the middle lane will be reopened to traffic and the right lane and shoulder will remain closed. The eastbound construction zone set up will begin the night of Sunday, October 20 and continue through Friday morning, October 25. The work hours and traffic pattern will be the same as for the work on the westbound side of the bridge. The schedule is weather-dependent.

Once the construction zones are established, the right lane and shoulder of Braga Bridge/I-195 westbound and eastbound will be closed through spring 2015. Drivers should anticipate traffic congestion during peak periods and allow extra time.

Additional project restrictions include the closure of Canal Street, from Spring Street to Broadway Extension, effective Thursday, October 10, as part of the project.

Please visit the project website at to sign up for email alerts and updates and to learn more about this important project.

For more information, please contact the project team by phone at 781-774-0441 or by email to

Moving Together Conference: October 23
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MassDOT invites you to register this week for the Moving Together 2013 Conference. The conference is scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, October 23, 7:45 AM – 4:00 PM, Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza, Boston

This year’s conference features leaders and workshops advancing Healthy Transportation and focused on a central theme: TRANSIT + WALKING + BICYCLING = MOBILITY Participants will assist in providing priorities in Mode Shift strategies for MassDOT’s consideration. Moving Together advances MassDOT’s GreenDOT comprehensive sustainability policy that promotes the healthy transportation modes of walking, bicycling and transit.

Visit Moving Together 2013 to learn more and register.

Whittier Bridge/I-95 Public Meeting Set
whittier bridge

A Public Information Meeting for MassDOT’s Whittier Bridge/I-95 Project has been scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, October 23, 7 PM, Amesbury High School, 5 Highland Street, Amesbury

The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public with the opportunity to comment on the 75% Design for the proposed Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project.

The $292 million project is one of five "mega" projects in the historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges. The design-build project will replace the existing 57-year old six-lane bridge over the Merrimack River with a new eight-lane structure that will also include bicycle and pedestrian lanes.

The proposed project also includes the replacement or reconstruction of four adjacent bridges along I-95 in Newburyport and Amesbury and widening I-95 between Exit 57 in Newburyport and Exit 60 in Salisbury. The project includes the Whittier Trail: the first shared-use path to be constructed along a Massachusetts interstate.

The design-build entity for the project is Walsh-McCourt JV1. Preliminary work is currently underway.

For more information on the Public Meeting, please see the meeting notice.

Marshfield Airport Improvements Move Forward
groundbreaking ceremony

MassDOT Aeronautics Division Administrator Christopher Willenborg joined State Senator Robert Hedlund, Representative James Cantwell, state, local and airport officials this week for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Marshfield Municipal Airport Improvement Project.

The $15.2 million project now underway includes the reconstruction of Marshfield Airport Runway 06/24 along with construction of runway safety area ends. Project funding includes $13.7 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) along with $1.4 million in state funds from MassDOT and $118,000 in local Airport funds.

"This important safety and economic development project fits well with MassDOT Aeronautics Division's mission of promoting aviation across the Commonwealth while establishing an efficient, integrated airport system that is focused on airport safety, customer service, economic development, and environmental stewardship," said Administrator Willenborg.

The runway project is scheduled to be completed in late 2014.

According to the 2011 MassDOT Airport Economic Impact Report, Marshfield Municipal Airport supports approximately 50 direct/indirect jobs with an economic output of over $8 million annually.

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