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MassDOT: Fourth Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest

MassDOT announced the fourth annual statewide high school video contest – Safe Streets Smart Trips.

The contest serves as an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth. The contest began three years ago to encourage high school students to take the lead in showcasing an understanding of roadway safety across travel modes in an effort to decrease pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities – a trend that has not followed the Commonwealth’s downward shift in traffic-related incidents over the past few years.

View the entire High School Video Contest blog post.

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May 26, 2017

MassDOT: Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Travel

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MassDOT advises Memorial Day holiday travelers to plan ahead, utilize MassDOT’s many travel “real time” tools and use public transportation if possible to travel between destinations.

"We know from past years that travelers can expect heavy traffic volumes during Memorial Day weekend and should accordingly plan ahead and utilize the appropriate technology tools to make informed decisions," said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "Safety is our first priority and we encourage every motorist to minimize distractions, remain sober or use a designated driver, and with many locations along I-90 having new or updated traffic patterns as a result of toll demolition and road reconstruction operations, drivers should devote their full attention to the road ahead of them."

MassDOT will be shutting down scheduled roadway construction for the Memorial Day travel period effective at noon, Friday, May 26, Scheduled road work will then resume after 11 p.m., on Monday, May 29.

For traffic and road conditions, drivers may use the following options to make decisions:

  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.
  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions on I-90 and other roads.
  • Visit mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Download Waze, the real-time traffic navigation app that provides motorists with real-time traffic conditions across Massachusetts.

The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will have normal morning hours and open early for the afternoon commute at 1 p.m., Friday, May 26. The HOV lane will be closed on Monday, May 29, and will then re-open during regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday, May 30.

Entering its fifth year of service, the CapeFLYER will once again run trains from Boston to Cape Cod starting on Memorial Day weekend. Service will begin on Friday, May 26th and operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout until Labor Day.

The MBTA has also released the following information regarding travel on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29:

  • All subway and commuter rail lines, busses, and trackless trolley will operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • All ferries and boats will operate on a weekend schedule.
  • The RIDE will operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • The CharlieCard store at Downtown Crossing in Boston will be closed.
  • For full MBTA schedule details, please visit: http://www.mbta.com/events/
  • Additionally, several bus routes will be detoured due to Memorial Day festivities on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and detour information is posted on T-Alerts.

Customers are also advised that the Registry of Motor Vehicles offices are closed for the designated state holiday of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. Please visit at any hour of the day the RMV online at www.massrmv.com to skip the line and perform many transactions.


Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project: I-90 Lane Reductions June 3-5

As part of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project, “dry run” lane reductions on I-90 have been scheduled during the weekend of June 3-4 through early Monday morning, June 5.

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From 11:59 PM on Friday, June 2, to 5:00 AM on Monday, June 5, MassDOT will reduce I-90 between the Allston Interchange and the Beacon Street Overpass in Boston to 2 lanes in each direction. The I-90 Eastbound on-ramp from Cambridge Street and the I-90 Westbound Exit 20 off-ramp to Brighton/Cambridge will also be closed intermittently (see the I-90 (Mass Pike) Ramp Closures Detour Map).

This will allow MassDOT and its contractor to conduct necessary preparation activities and a “dry run” to test the I-90 traffic logistics for the 2017 Construction Shutdown (July 26 – August 14), with the goal of making sure it will run as smoothly as possible.

During the dry run, a “crossover” on I-90 will direct all vehicles to either the eastbound or westbound roadways at different periods of time. There will be no impacts to the MBTA Green Line, Commuter Rail, or Commonwealth Avenue during the dry run.

I-90 Impacts during the 2017 Construction Shutdown:

  • • I-90 will be reduced to 2 lanes in both directions from 9:00 PM on July 28 to 5:00 AM on August 7, with additional lane closures during off-peak hours. The I-90 Eastbound on-ramp from Cambridge Street and the I-90 Westbound Exit 20 off-ramp to Brighton/Cambridge will also be closed intermittently during this timeframe.
  • • The lane reductions will be in place between the Allston Interchange and the Beacon Street Overpass.
  • • The lane reductions will be necessary during the shutdown for the contractor to access the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge for demolition and replacement (see the video simulation of the project on YouTube).
  • • To prepare for the major construction activities for the shutdown, I-90 will be reduced to 3 lanes in each direction on July 7, and will remain in this configuration after the shutdown until August 28.

For a full list of traffic impacts during the 2017 Construction Shutdown, see the Traffic Management page of the project website. MassDOT will announce further public meetings prior to construction.

Please share this advisory with anyone you think may be interested in the project, and encourage them to sign up for email alerts for traffic updates and meeting announcements.

For more information, visit the Commonwealth Ave Bridge Replacement Project website.

For any questions or comments, please contact Jim Kersten at 857-368-9041 or by email at CommAveBridge@dot.state.ma.us

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Final Section Open, Trail Now 12.2 Miles

Cyclists celebrate the 1.2-mile extension, which runs along the Hoosic River. MassDOT is pleased to announce that the final section of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Adams is now open for public use, making the trail 12.2 miles long.

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"The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail goes through some of the most scenic areas of Massachusetts," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "The Trail is an invitation to visitors to come see the beauty in this region of the state and is an important amenity to local residents who will be able to make important connections to destinations without having to get in a vehicle. I would like to thank municipal officials, the leaders of civic and community organizations, bike advocates and others for collaborating with MassDOT as the project was designed and built."

The new trail extension runs along the Hoosic River between Hoosac Street and Lime Street in Adams, making local parks, businesses and Adams Junior High School more accessible to bicyclists and pedestrians. The first two phases of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail were opened in 2001 and 2004.

With the addition of the third segment, which cost $2.12 million, the trail now runs 12.2 miles, making it a key piece of the bicycle network which will one day connect to an off-road multi-use trails network that is envisioned to stretch throughout the Berkshires and connect Connecticut to Vermont. MassDOT, in partnership with the Town of Adams, the Berkshire Bike Path Council, Bike North Berkshire and Mass in Motion, held an official opening ceremony for the 1.2-mile northerly extension of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail on Friday, May 12.

MassDOT continues to work on bike paths and trails state-wide. Later this year, MassDOT will publish a new edition of the Massachusetts Bicycle Transportation Plan, a comprehensive document outlining MassDOT’s vision and strategy for bicycle transportation in the Commonwealth. Last updated in 2008, the purpose of the Plan is to create a common set of guidelines and ideas for communities across the Commonwealth to consider when building bicycle plans, which helps to foster a uniform bicycle transportation network connecting to other transit options across the state.

Learn more about the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Learn more about the Massachusetts Bicycle Transportation Plan

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