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MassDOT December Board Meeting

Wednesday
December 11
MBTA Board Room
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza, Boston
Full Meeting Schedule

On the MassDOT Blog

Seaport Advisory Council Funds Port Improvements

MassDOT Transportation Secretary and Chair of the Seaport Advisory Council Richard A. Davey announced the Seaport Advisory Council grant program awarded more than $18 million in funding to support infrastructure improvements and job creation along the Commonwealth’s coast.

View the entire Seaport Advisory Council blog post.

Funding for projects approved by the Seaport Advisory Council is supported by the Energy and Environmental Bond Bill, approved by the legislature and authorized by Governor Patrick in 2008.

11/15/2013

MBTA Completes "Heavy Lift" Weekend Bridge Project

Clayton St Bridge

The MBTA successfully replaced the bridge carrying the Ashmont-Alewife Red Line over Clayton Street in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston last weekend.

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. Beginning late Friday, workers demolished the old bridge. Then, special heavy lifting equipment and moving methods called Self-Propelled Modular Transporter (SPMT) placed the new bridge into position.

The new bridge reopened in time for early morning Red Line service on Monday, November 11.


Tobin Bridge: All Lanes Open through Spring 2014

MassDOT crews have reopened all three lanes of the Tobin Bridge in the northbound and southbound directions. Periodic lane closures may still occur during the next few weeks to complete lane markings and continue steel repair.

Work requiring permanent lane closures will resume in spring 2014 on the three-year steel preservation and painting project begun in spring 2012. Lane restrictions in place since March had reduced the roadway from three lanes to two on both decks of the bridge.

The third and final year of work will begin in the spring of 2014. We invite you to stay informed by visiting the Tobin Project website.

All lanes of the Tobin Bridge will remain open during the Callahan Tunnel Rehabilitation Project full tunnel closure starting on Dec. 27, 2013 through March 12, 2014.

The complete closure of the Callahan 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 the Tobin Bridge work. Visit the Callahan Tunnel Project web page to learn more about the tunnel project.

MassDOT is also encouraging motorists using the Tobin Bridge to join E-ZPass in anticipation of 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. To join, please visit E-ZPass online.


Fore River Bridge Project Public Meeting

MassDOT will hold a public information meeting to update the Fore River Bridge Replacement Project as follows:
Thursday, November 21, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Abigail Adams Middle School Auditorium
89 Middle St, Weymouth

The purpose of this meeting is to provide an overview of the project’s progress over the past several months and provide a preview of coming operations during the winter of 2013 regarding traffic impacts related to upcoming construction operations. The meeting will also provide residents and other stakeholders within the project area with an opportunity to meet MassDOT’s design/build team for the construction phase of the project.

Following the presentation, MassDOT staff will lead a discussion to answer questions. The Fore River Bridge Replacement is part of the Commonwealth’s historic $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges across Massachusetts. The Fore River Bridge project includes the complete replacement and eventual removal of the existing temporary span. The project now underway is scheduled for completion in 2016.

To be added to the project email list, please contact Donny Dailey, 857-368-8902 or email donny.dailey@state.ma.us. For more information, we invite you to visit the Fore River Bridge project website.


Fall River: Route 79/Davol Street Corridor Public Meeting

MassDOT will hold a public informational meeting on
Thursday, November 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m
Massachusetts Department of Recreation’s Visitors Center Auditorium
Fall River Heritage State Park.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss a MassDOT study of the Route 79/Davol Street Corridor between Cedar Street and the new Veteran’s Memorial Bridge. MassDOT will present three distinct transportation concepts that are intended to increase connectivity, improve safety, and promote economic development. One alternative would keep Route 79 elevated but increase the number of cross-street connections to and from the waterfront. The second and third options would lower Route 79 and replace it with variations of a boulevard.

For more information visit the project website: www.massdot.state.ma.us/route79/

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