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March 13, 2017
Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Second Floor Board Room
Boston, MA 02150
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MassDOT: Federal Emergency Management Agency Reimbursements
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MassDOT has succeeded in recovering more than $21 million dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2016 for past disaster events.

View the entire FEMA Reimbursements blog post.

These are reimbursements for MassDOT operations and logistics during past federal government disaster declarations and the reimbursements have been deposited into the Commonwealth’s General Fund. MassDOT is also continuing to work to receive an additional $4.2 million.

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February 24, 2017

MBTA Names Design-Build Firms Interested in Green Line Extension Project

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The MBTA has announced that an important step has been achieved for the Green Line Extension Project.

The evaluation of the Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) for the project has been completed and three highly-qualified teams have been selected for the short list of firms that will be eligible to compete for designation as design-build. Under the design-build contract which will be executed, the project will be delivered by a single firm which will work under a single contract for the design and construction of the Green Line Extension Project. John Dalton, Program Manager, says this step shows that the momentum continues.

"The strong interest in the project from these highly-regarded firms underscores that the project is being taken as seriously by the design build industry as it is by MassDOT and the MBTA. These firms have the well-earned reputation for delivering complex projects in the United States and abroad and we are pleased that they are demonstrating an interest in working with us to successfully deliver this Project," Dalton said

The Statements of Qualifications were received from three proposer teams, which include local, national and international firms. Below are the short listed design-build teams.

GLX Constructors

  • Fluor Enterprises, Inc
  • The Middlesex Corporation
  • Herzog Contracting Corp.
  • Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc.

Green Line Partners

  • The Lane Construction Corporation
  • Salini Impregilo, S.p.A
  • Judlau Contracting, Inc.
  • LMH-C.M.C. di Ravenna Joint Venture, comprised of LM Heavy Civil Construction, LLC and Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti-C.M.C di Ravenna Societa Cooperativa

Walsh Barletta Granite, JV

  • Walsh Construction Company II, LLC
  • Barletta Heavy Division, Inc
  • Granite Construction, Inc.

MassDOT to Expand Pothole Tracking Program

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MassDOT has announced that it is in the process of expanding its new, innovative pothole information program which was piloted in areas of Central and Western Massachusetts over the past year and includes an online MassDOT Potholes Dashboard that provides data to the public.

This user-friendly dashboard includes a map that details pothole locations and size, the number of potholes filled, the type of material used, and the total approximate cost.

MassDOT can also use this data when making capital investments decisions to focus our resources on roads and areas that require consistent pothole repair and manage our assets in a cost-effective manner that prevents emergency pothole repairs.

"MassDOT is pleased this program has been successful thus far, and we are continuing to expand this innovative approach across the state," said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "By engaging the public, we gain the advantage of quicker response and repair times, which translates to safer, more efficient travel for everyone who uses the Commonwealth's roads." "This online dashboard showcases firsthand how dollars are being spent and enables us to make more informed decisions regarding our resources and capital investments," said MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin.

"MassDOT is committed to customer service and this public engagement and this information tool illustrates the daily efforts of our staff to make roads safe for travel. It allows us to better monitor road conditions and repairs, and then we are able to use this data when determining where we should initiate road reconstruction and resurfacing projects to ensure our transportation systems remain safe and reliable."

The pothole repair program also includes a field application through which MassDOT road crews can input data outlining the date, time, cost and materials used to repair potholes. The data collection structure uses MassDOT's GIS systems to establish an interactive webpage. Once entered, that information then becomes viewable in real-time to the public via the online dashboard.

The program has been successfully piloted in the Springfield and Worcester areas and MassDOT will expand the service to the remaining districts over the next several months. MassDOT expects the application to be implemented in Western Massachusetts near the New York border, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands within the next month, and to the I-495 belt, North Shore, and Boston Metropolitan Area months later.

While it is not possible to track all repairs and activity, data collected during the pilot program shows that MassDOT made at least 310 pothole repairs on I-90, (the Massachusetts Turnpike), between Sturbridge and Weston in 2016, and has conducted about 210 pothole repairs between Springfield and Weston from January to February 17, 2017.

Potholes can also be reported to MassDOT by calling 857-DOT-INFO (857-368-4636) or 877-MA-DOT-GOV (877-623-6846) or by contacting MassDOT online. Potholes can also be reported to the State or local police who will contact MassDOT with the report.


MassDOT Freight Plan Second Open House Set

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MassDOT is hosting the second Open House for the Massachusetts Freight Plan as follows:

Thursday, March 9, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
The Conference Center at Bentley University
Room 325ABC (Third Floor)
175 Forest Street, LaCava Campus Center #300, Waltham

The second Freight Advisory Committee (FAC) meeting will take place immediately before the open house on March 9 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at the same location and is open to the public.

MassDOT's Freight Plan is a strategic planning document that will define a short and long-term vision for the freight system in Massachusetts and identify solutions to current and future challenges to the freight system.

At the Open House, the public can learn about and discuss freight issues and trends with industry experts, and provide input on the Freight Plan development.

Visit the Freight Plan website for more information and to view the Freight Plan Technical Memorandum and sign up for e-mail updates.

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