MassDOT Secretary: Route 2 Reopens
MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey on Thursday announced the six-mile section of Route 2 closed following Tropical Storm Irene has reopened to traffic.
The portion of Route 2 connecting North Adams, Florida, Savoy, and Charlemont in northern Berkshire and Franklin counties was closed following the significant damage caused by Irene in late August.
“With the hard work of our District One staff and our contractors, we were able to design, engineer, survey, and begin construction in record time,” said Secretary Davey. “Recognizing this is an important connection in this area for residents and for tourism, Governor Patrick made this a priority and today I am happy to say we delivered.”
Using an expedited bidding process and unprecedent turnaround time, MassDOT was able to advertise contracts and begin the work in just over one month after the storm hit.
“A job of this magnitude would have ordinarily taken at least one entire construction season, if not more, to complete. But with a critical artery like Route 2, we were innovative in our bidding process and able to move aggressively on design and construction,” said Highway Administrator Frank DePaola.
Contractors Northern Construction, ET&L Corporation, JH Maxymillian, and R. Bates & Sons worked around the clock to rebuild major slopes, reconstruct large swaths of the road that were lost, upgrade drainage, build new retaining walls, and reinforce slopes that protect the bridge connecting Savoy and Florida.
Berkshire County area roads and bridges suffered $35 million in damage, with $23 million for the cost of reconstructing the 6 miles of Route 2.
In early September, the Obama Administration issued a major disaster declaration making Massachusetts eligible for federal disaster aid to assist with the cost of work on Route 2. Upcoming completion work along Route 2 will rebuild retaining walls, with no traffic impacts.
93 Fast 14 Satisfaction Survey
MassDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are seeking feedback on the Medford 93 Fast 14 Project.
The successful, ambitious project replaced 14 bridges in ten weekends during the summer of 2011, compressing a four year project into a single construction season
To accomplish this, the project used innovations including accelerated bridge construction methods, advanced concrete, and design/build contracting.
The project team also performed comprehensive outreach and communication activities to help prepare road users, businesses and communities for the construction of the bridges.
A brief survey, funded by an FHWA grant, seeks to measure satisfaction with the bridges and the technology used to replace them, and identify which communication methods people found most useful. The FHWA developed the survey and will analyze the responses.
Your input is very valuable to MassDOT and will help guide decision-making for upcoming infrastructure projects. This survey is an excellent opportunity for you to participate in the future of transportation.
MassDOT invites you to take the survey, which takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.
The survey’s web address is: http://www.i93fast14survey.com/
State Funds Support Tornado Rebuilding Efforts
The Patrick-Murray Administration announced Thursday the release of $14 million toward the costs for cities and towns associated with tornado damage on June 1 in Central and Western Massachusetts, including $3.9 million in MassDOT Highway Division funds to reimburse eight communities for the cost of emergency roadway repairs. MassDOT funds will pay for work completed to remove debris, rebuild roadways, and repair sidewalks and other transportation-related infrastructure.
The additional $10.1 million will help pay for debris monitoring and removal operations, leasing of temporary educational facilities for students displaced as a result of the storm, emergency response activities, and facilities maintenance and repairs in the wake of the storm.
“We are pleased to assist these communities by supporting the cost of making these critical repairs following a devastating severe weather outbreak,” said MassDOT CEO and Secretary Richard Davey. “These emergency repairs are unanticipated expenditures for cities and towns, and the Commonwealth is committed to being partners in the cleanup and rebuilding efforts.”
The communities receiving emergency funds through the Massachusetts Department of Revenue Division of Local Services include Agawam, Brimfield, East Longmeadow, Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District, Holland, Monson, Southbridge, Springfield, Sturbridge, West Springfield, Westfield, and Wilbraham.
The following communities will receive emergency repair funding through MassDOT’s Highway Division:
- Springfield: $1,363,400- Debris removal, sidewalk repair on 43 roadways
- West Springfield: $200,000- Union Street and Main Street
- Brimfield: $449,000- Holland Road, East Brimfield Road, Warren Road, Main Street
- Monson: $519,000- Ely Road, High Street, Main Street, Hampden Upper, Wilbraham Road
- Southbridge: $150,000- Pleasant Street/Airport Access Road
- Sturbridge: $172,000- Fiske Hill Road
- Westfield: $70,000- Shaker Road, Pontussic Road
- Wilbraham: $956,000- Main Street, Stony Hill Road, Tinkham Drive, Rochford Drive
MassDOT Board January Public Meeting
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, January 4 , 1:00pm, MBTA Board Room, Suite 3910, State Transportation Building, Boston.
The MBTA Board will meet first at 1pm, followed by the MassDOT Board. All meetings are open to the public. The meeting schedule is available on the MassDOT website.
Board Meeting Schedule