MassDOT has organized a robust public engagement process to shape the opportunities for the Casey Overpass Replacement Planning Study. To meet the schedule of, and access the funding available through, the $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program a locally preferred alternative that enjoys a reasonable consensus must be identified within the next six months, allowing this solution to be in construction by 2013. As such the study process is organized to engage the public as an integral component of the project. To that end, there are a number of mutually supporting mechanisms for the public to stay informed, comment, and be a part of the project. These include the following:
The Project Website:
- Populated with the previous relevant studies and plans which form the project’s backdrop and project-specific background information, meeting presentations and minutes.
- Serving as a 24-hour, two-way communication link between the community and the project team. MassDOT recognizes that weekday evenings are a busy time and it can be difficult for people to attend public meetings after a full day.
- We invite you to send your comments and questions to municipal liaison John Romano firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Schedule at five key points in the study’s progression.
- An informal open house session to afford one-on-one time with the study team members task individual questions and to suggest ideas for the area.
- A formal presentation followed by a facilitated Q&A session. Presentations and minutes will be posted to the project website.
Working Advisory Group (WAG):
- A balanced, diverse group of local and regional advocacy groups, assembled by MassDOT with input from local leaders and the community.
- Works through detailed materials and concepts while bringing information and ideas back and forth between the Study Team and their group or neighborhood.
- WAG meetings alternate with public sessions and are informed by them.
- Effective participation requires attendance at meetings and completion of homework assignments. This is critical to the success of the planning study as the WAG is an integral part of the study team.
- WAG members are another link to the community and represent their neighborhoods' or organization' ideas and comments.
- WAG meetings are open to the public, but constitute working sessions and as such, committee business takes precedence. Community questions and comments will be taken at the end – time permitting.
Just the Beginning
This public involvement effort is the first, six month step in a longer process that will culminate in 2016 with the replacement of the current bridge. The current phase determines what the replacement for the current overpass will be. After that decision has been made, the public involvement process is far from over. Public meetings and provision of information to the community will continue through the design, demolition and construction phases. We look forward to working with you to make the very best of this historic opportunity.