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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: www.I93Fast14survey.com

12/23/2011

Holiday Travel

MassDOT encourages residents and visitors to drive safely and use public transportation where possible during the upcoming holiday weekend

During holidays, I-90 Exit 9 connecting I-84 to Connecticut and New York experiences heavy traffic and busy toll plazas. Drivers are encouraged to consider travel during the early morning or after 8 p.m. Traffic congestion is also typical at the I-95 and I-495 Turnpike interchanges along with I-495 and I-93 northbound leading into New Hampshire.

MassDOT's Traffic and Travel Resources page includes links to all MassDOT travel resources.

Visit MassDOT's online traffic camera webpage with more than 90 live traffic cameras throughout the highway system. The cameras refresh every 10 seconds to provide real time traffic views. The 511 traffic alert system alerts customers to traffic conditions throughout the holiday weekend.

As always on major travel holidays, free coffee will be served at all 18 MassDOT service plazas courtesy of McDonalds, Burger King, and Gulf between 10 p.m. on Christmas night, Sunday, December 25, until 5 a.m. on Monday, December 26.

In case of wintry travel weather, motorists should drive with headlights on, observe posted speed limits, never drink and drive, make sure everyone is using a seatbelt and be on the lookout for changing weather conditions. More information on safe winter driving is available at the MassDOT website.

The MBTA holiday service schedule includes a weekend service schedule for Monday, December 26 and is available at mbta.com


Airports: Economic Impact in Regions Statewide

The results of a comprehensive Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study find that Massachusetts public airports generate $11.9 billion in economic activity and support approximately 124,000 jobs, with positive impact seen in regions across the Commonwealth.

For Example:

  • Springfield Metropolitan Airport/Westover Air Reserve Base and the Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport generate a combined $504.8 million for the area economy, supporting 7,603 jobs.
  • Cape and Islands airports generate $767.9 million for the area economy, supporting 7,787 jobs.
  • Worcester Regional Airport generates $51.4 million for the area economy, supporting 418 jobs.
  • Southeast airports in Norwood, Plymouth, Marshfield, Mansfield, and Taunton generate a combined $119.1 million for the regional economy, supporting 827 jobs.
  • Berkshires airports in Pittsfield, North Adams, and Great Barrington generate $37.5 million for the regional economy, supporting 298 jobs.

The Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study completed by the MassDOT Aeronautics Division with the assistance of the Federal Aviation Administration measured the total economic impact of the 39 public-use airports in Massachusetts, including Boston Logan International Airport. The airports’ $11.9 billion in economic activity and 124,000 related jobs reflects commercial airline service, military aviation, emergency law enforcement and medical transport activity and general aviation.

The MassDOT Board of Directors in the past two years has also approved additional infrastructure investments in the Commonwealth's airports, including a $13.4 million grant for runway extension and safety at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport and $13.1 million toward a new terminal building at Barnstable Municipal Airport, in addition to annual ongoing airport maintenance improvement projects statewide.

View the Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study Executive Summary


MassDOT Grants: Tropical Storm Irene Repairs

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey has announced that several communities in Berkshire, Bristol, and Franklin Counties will benefit from a Federal Highway Administration grant awarded to MassDOT to cover emergency highway repairs in the wake of damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

The $4.65 million FHWA grant award funds emergency repairs made to restore the flow of traffic as well as efforts to minimize damage and the repairs necessary to restore the roadway to its pre-disaster condition. The State of Emergency Declaration issued by Governor Deval Patrick following the late August storm, and the efforts of the Massachusetts congressional delegation made Massachusetts eligible for the funding.

    In Bristol County:
  • Westport- up to $350,000 for a temporary by-pass and further work.

    In Berkshire County:
  • Adams- $120,000 for culvert repairs on East Road.
  • Monterey- $37,000 for repair work on Routes 57 and 23.
  • Mount Washington- $111,000 for retaining wall work, road and slope repair on Bish Bash Road.
  • New Marlboro- $23,000 for road and slope repair on Route 57.
  • North Adams-$75,000 for road and slope repair on West Shaft Road; $40,000 for road and drainage repairs on State Street.
  • Peru- $20,000 for waterway report on Rt. 143; $20,000 for road repairs on Rt. 143 West of Lafayette.
  • Savoy- $22,000 for road repair and slope repairs on Route 116
  • Tyringham- $50,000 for road repair and slope repair on Main Road.

    In Franklin County:
  • Buckland- $110,000 for repairs and highway lighting on Conway Street; $75,000 for road and slope repair on Charlemont Road.
  • Charlemont- $94,000 for road repair and slope repair on Route 8A; $75,000 for road repair and slope repair on South River Road.
  • Colrain- $500,000 for road repair slope repair on Adamsville Road.
  • Conway- $20,000 for culvert repair and clean-up on Shelburne Falls Road; $150,000 for drainage work, road and slope repair on North Poland Road; $100,000 for drainage work, road and ditch repair on Main Poland Road.
  • Heath- $53,000 for Route 8A; $31,000 for Avery Brook Road; $75,000 for West Branch Road.


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

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