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CMAA: Secretary Davey "Person of the Year"

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey has received the national “Person of the Year” award for 2013 by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).

The CMAA honored Secretary Davey for his leadership in delivering “dramatic innovation and change to a large organization responsible for an impressive portfolio of varied projects,” according to CMAA President Bruce D'Agostino.

The construction management association says Secretary Davey has led MassDOT efforts to adopt the highest professional standards of practice and construction management principles.

View the entire Person of the Year blog post.

The CMAA Person of the Year annual award recognizes leadership, professionalism, and impact on the construction industry. The Construction Management Association of America is dedicated exclusively to the interests of professional Construction and Program Management. The Association includes more than 11,000 members representing construction owners in both the public and private sectors. CMAA has 28 regional chapters and 50 student chapters nationwide.

12/13/2013

Callahan Tunnel Closure: Detour Maps Posted

MassDOT's Callahan Tunnel Project begins with a full tunnel closure for rehabilitation on December 27, 2013 through March 12, 2014.

The Callahan Tunnel Project web page now includes detour maps. The detour routes were carefully developed by the project team with input from stakeholders.



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Vehicles heading to points south via I-93 Southbound may want to avoid traffic detoured onto Albany Street. MassDOT has opened up access to an express route to I-93 to all vehicles, regardless of occupancy.

MassDOT has made improvements to signal timing along detour routes as-needed to facilitate the flow of traffic during construction. Key intersections will be monitored during the tunnel closure by traffic engineers and police. The web page also includes trip planning tools during the duration of the closure and a one-page Printable Fact Sheet also translated into Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.

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.

For project details, visit: www.mass.gov/massdot/CallahanTunnelRehab To sign up for the project email list or communicate with the project team, email: callahan.tunnel@state.ma.us


MassDOT Hackathon: Big Data Boosts Transportation

MassDOT's Visualizing Transportation Hackathon in Cambridge December 13-14 in partnership with the Mass Big Data Initiative, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and hack/reduce, will release data sets on travel in Massachusetts and open a challenge to the public to collaborate around analyzing this data and visualizing resulting insights to help inform the future of transportation in the Commonwealth. The Hackathon is taking place at hack/reduce, 275 3rd Street, Cambridge.

Partnerships will be invited to explore a collection of transportation data with a specific focus on travel behavior, road-rail comparisons, and the energy, environmental, and social impacts of transportation mode-choice. Massachusetts travelers make daily decisions on how to reach their destinations.

Those decisions have significant impact on traffic congestion, travel costs, and carbon emissions. MassDOT installed a pilot network of roadway sensors to provide real-time traffic management (RTTM) information on three major roadways - 93, I-90, and Rt. 3. Each of these roadway "corridors" is paralleled by at least one light rail line. The Mass Transportation Future Hackathon will engage the public to show compelling insights from the available data, with a special priority on differences between driving vs. riding the train through specific corridors. The event will encourage participants to choose their own most compelling "lens" through which to analyze the data, which may include: travel cost, emissions, and time delays.

A total of $6,000 in prizes will be awarded in the categories of Best Use of Data, Most Visually Compelling, and Crowd Favorite. Best Use of Data will be awarded based upon data that is useful, insightful, and actionable.

Submissions will be judged based upon whether the data use is interactive and imaginative, with the public readily able to learn and use the content.


E-ZPass Sign Up: Boston’s North End

MassDOT has scheduled an upcoming E-ZPass sign-up in anticipation of the early 2014 transition to All Electronic Tolling on the Tobin Bridge. The E-ZPass Street Team will be enrolling new customers in the E-ZPass program at the following location:

Wednesday, December 18, 10am-1pm- Boston’s North End, Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street

E-ZPass is free to join and customers visiting the sign-up receive a transponder onsite.

Beginning early in 2014, motorists will no longer have the option to stop at a toll booth and pay cash on the Tobin Bridge. Tolls will be collected electronically either through the motorist’s 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.

There are resident discounts available to residents of Charlestown, Chelsea, East Boston, South Boston and the North End. For the Tobin Resident Program, you must be a qualified resident of Charlestown and Chelsea (eligible zip codes are 02129 and 02150).

For the Tunnel Communities Resident Program, you must be a qualified resident of East Boston, South Boston, or the North End (eligible zip codes are 02109, 02110, 02113, 02114, 02127, 02128 and 02210).

In order to qualify for either Resident Program, the following requirements must be met. These materials may be presented on December 18 to enroll:

  • A valid Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles registration and lease agreement, if applicable, for each registered vehicle.
  • A valid Massachusetts driver’s license.

Customers must have a privately owned passenger vehicle;
NO COMMERCIAL VEHICLES are allowed.

Current proof of residency documentation by supplying a copy of a checking or savings account statement or an invoice mailed to the account holder’s address within the last sixty (60) days or a housing lease/rental agreement showing the current date is within the range of the terms of the lease/rental agreement. The name and address on all documents must match the name and address of the account holder.

In addition to the sign up session, motorists may also join E-ZPass online: Mass.gov/EZPassMA or by phone, 877-627-7745. An E-ZPass Customer Service Center is now open at the Square One Mall in Saugus, Hours: Tue-Thu-Fri from 10am-6pm, Wed 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun-Mon Closed.

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