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Aeronautics: Beverly Airport Upgrade



The MassCleanDiesel ‘Clean Air for Kids’ school bus retrofit program has provided free diesel retrofits to 2,114 school buses Commonwealth over the past three years.  The program installs pollution control devices on older school buses and has promoted a healthy environment for 300 communities and nearly 310,000 students. 

View the complete Clean Air for Kids blog post.

Worcester Burns Bridge Public Hearing

MassDOT has scheduled a Design Public Hearing for the proposed Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Replacement Project in Worcester and Shrewsbury for the following:

Worcester Technical High School
Conference Center
One Skyline Drive
Worcester
Wednesday, September 21, 7pm

View the complete Worcester Burns Bridge Public Hearing blog post.

Date: 09/16/2011

Fall River - Somerset: Veterans Memorial Bridge Dedication and Opening

Governor Deval Patrick joined Congressman Barney Frank, Congressman Jim McGovern, MassDOT Secretary Rich Davey, state legislators and local municipal leaders along with hundreds of family, friends and local residents for the September 11 ceremony for the new Veterans’ Memorial Bridge connecting Fall River and Somerset. 

The ceremony and naming of the new bridge honors Fall River and Somerset area members of the Armed Forces who served their country.

The Veterans’ Memorial Bridge replaces the century old Brightman Street Bridge located to the south and will carry a newly reconfigured Route 6 over the Taunton River between Somerset and Fall River.  The $292.6 million bridge project includes a new a four-leaf bascule bridge, with each leaf and counterweight having a combined weight of four million pounds. 

The new bridge will improve traffic on the roads and on the waterway, with a horizontal clearance of 200 feet and a vertical clearance of 60 feet with the bascule leaves in the closed position. 

The westbound lanes of the new bridge opened Tuesday.  Eastbound lanes are scheduled to open in fall 2011. 


2011 Low Number Plate Lottery Winners Announced

A fortunate few Commonwealth drivers will soon be displaying license plates with numbers and/or letters such as "67" or "480" or "19T" after being among 161 winners of the MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles 2011 Low Number License Plate Lottery.

Registrar Rachel Kaprielian announced the first winners Tuesday on Dan Rea's "Nightside" program on WBZ-AM 1030.

The full list of winners is posted on the MassDOT Registry website.

A pool of just under 6,000 applicants vied for the coveted Massachusetts license plates.


Car-Free Travel Week: September 18-24

Massachusetts residents are encouraged to leave their cars in the driveway and instead try bicycling, walking, public transit, carpooling, or vanpooling in celebration of Massachusetts Car-Free Week, September 18-24. Massachusetts joins over 1,000 cities in 40 countries across the globe in an effort to showcase the community and environmental benefits of reducing the number of vehicles on the road.

MassDOT’s participation in Massachusetts Car-Free Week supports GreenDOT, a comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative of MassDOT. GreenDOT calls for MassDOT to incorporate sustainability into all of its activities, from strategic planning to project design and construction to system operation. The GreenDOT policy initiative includes greenhouse gas reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act, signed by Governor Patrick in 2008.

Every September 22, cities and towns around the world come together to promote car-free travel. World Car-Free Day began in Europe and has quickly spread to communities globally as a way to promote the environmental, financial, community, and health benefits of using public transportation, carpooling, bicycling, and walking. Several US cities hold events on World Car-Free Day; however, no other state in the nation has proclaimed a statewide Car-Free Day celebration. This year, Massachusetts will be celebrating an entire week of going Car-Free. Learn more by visiting the Massachusetts Car-Free Week website.

 


MassDOT Board October Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, October 5, 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.

http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/BoardsCommittees/BoardofDirectors/BoardMeetings.aspx

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