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MassDOT November Board Meeting

November 13
Union Station
2 Washington Square
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On the MassDOT Blog

Aeronautics: Pittsfield Airport Improvements

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey joined local, state and federal officials to celebrate the completion of the runway expansion and safety improvements project at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport, a $22.5 million investment in the Commonwealth’s aviation infrastructure. "Transportation infrastructure investment is a hallmark of the Patrick Administration and the runway improvements in Pittsfield cannot be overlooked," said Secretary Davey. "Quality of life, business and tourism opportunities in the Berkshires are positively affected by bringing the Pittsfield Municipal Airport into the 21st century".

View the entire Pittsfield Airport blog post.

In its 2011 Statewide Economic Impact Study, MassDOT calculated the effects of aviation on the Commonwealth’s economy. Pittsfield Municipal Airport supports 125 jobs and is responsible for $18 million in economic output each year. Combined, the airports in Pittsfield, North Adams and Great Barrington generate $37.5 million for the Berkshires economy and support 300 jobs.


Boston MBTA "Heavy Lift" Project: One Weekend, New Bridge
Clayton St Bridge

The MBTA is replacing the bridge carrying the Ashmont-Alewife Red Line over Clayton Street in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston this weekend, November 8-11.

The $5.5 million project is the latest to be completed in one weekend using “heavy lift” accelerated bridge construction. MassDOT previously completed heavy lift bridge projects in Boston, Wellesley and Phillipston.

Accelerated bridge construction minimizes the duration of construction, increases safety, and dramatically reduces the duration of detours and rail service disruptions. MBTA contractors pre-assembled the replacement bridge on temporary supports at a staging area. This weekend, workers will demolish the old bridge. Then, special heavy lifting equipment and moving methods called Self-Propelled Modular Transporter (SPMT) will pick up the new bridge, carry it a short distance along Clayton Street and lower it into position.

Clayton Street will be closed for vehicle traffic on Friday, November 8, 7:00AM to Monday, November 11, 12:00 noon. Demolition of the bridge will begin at 9:00PM on November 8. The new bridge will be in place and open to rail service at 5:00AM on Monday, November 11.

During the weekend, Clayton Street Northbound traffic will be detoured via Park Street, Adams Street, Dorchester Avenue and Freeport Street. Southbound traffic will be detoured via Freeport Street and Park Street.

Red Line service during the Veteran’s Day Weekend, November 8– November 11, between Ashmont and JFK/UMass will be replaced by bus service on Friday, November 8, 9:00PM to Monday, November 11, 5:00AM. The bus shuttle will serve Ashmont, Shawmut, Fields Corner, Savin Hill and JFK/UMass.

Callahan Tunnel Project Web Page

MassDOT’s Callahan Tunnel Project begins with a full tunnel closure for rehabilitation on December 27, 2013. We invite you to visit the new Callahan Tunnel Project web page to learn more. The web page includes trip planning tools during the duration of the closure and a one-page Printable Fact Sheet also translated into Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. Detour route maps and descriptions will be posted on the web page later in November.

The $34.9 million project includes rehabilitation of the 52-year old tunnel’s deck, curb line, gutters and replacement of the tunnel’s wall panels. The original deteriorated wall panels were removed in December 2012 as a safety measure due to significant corrosion to the panel wall anchor system.

The proposed work schedule includes the full tunnel closure in early 2014 with detours in place, followed by an additional 4-5 months of work requiring overnight closures between 11p.m. and 5a.m. The complete closure of the tunnel will reduce the overall duration of the project, provide enhanced public safety by minimizing changes to traffic flow, and better coordinate with other local projects including Tobin Bridge work, which is scheduled to resume in spring 2014.

To sign up for the project email list or communicate with the project team, email:

Swampscott: Safe Routes to School Improvements

MassDOT joined students, parents and local leaders to celebrate the completion of pedestrian access and safety improvements at Swampscott’s Stanley Elementary School.

The improvements, constructed by MassDOT with funds from the Federal Highway Administration and support through MassDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program, created new infrastructure to support walking and bicycling for today’s children and for future generations.

“MassDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program is a critical part of our commitment to healthy and sustainable transportation options, resulting in healthier students, happier parents and safer roads for bicyclists and pedestrians,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey.

The $250,000 investment in Swampscott featured the construction of sidewalks to provide a continuous connection to the school, along with multiple intersection improvements that include curbing modifications to reduce pedestrian crossings and provide traffic calming. New pavement markings and warning and regulatory signs were installed to improve safety throughout the school zone. Traffic has also been converted to a one-way flow during school hours.

“We are very excited about these improvements which allow for children to walk and bike safely to school,” said Stanley School Principal, Tom Daniels. “Walking and biking to school are a great way for students to also learn about their local neighborhoods and to share this information with their fellow classmates.”

Since partnering with the Safe Routes to School Program in 2007, Stanley Elementary staff and parents have collaborated with MassDOT to address neighborhood safety barriers for students who are able to walk or bicycle to school. School partners receive year-round pedestrian and bicycle safety education instruction as well as engagement initiatives tailored to meet each school’s health, safety and environmental priorities.

The Safe Routes to School model program is a collaborative, community-focused approach with partnerships between advocacy groups, law enforcement, education leaders and public health departments. Participating schools may also qualify for financial support for improvements to sidewalks and other infrastructure surrounding the schools. The program serves over 630 elementary and middle schools in over 170 communities throughout the Commonwealth.

School partners receive year-round pedestrian and bicycle safety education instruction and support to meet each school’s health, safety and environmental priorities.

To find out more, contact Rebecca Cyr, 857-368-8657 or

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