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RMV: 2017 Low Number Plate Lottery Applications Now Being Accepted

The Baker-Polito Administration’s Registry of Motor Vehicles announced that applications for the 2017 Low Number Plate Lottery are now being accepted online or by U.S. mail.

View the entire 2017 Low Number Plate Lottery blog post.

Applications must be received online or postmarked by August 25, 2017, in order for the applicant to be eligible.

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June 23, 2017

State, City, Private Partners and Greenway Conservancy Long-Term Partnership

MassDOT, City of Boston, A Better City, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy announced a public-private partnership to provide financial support for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in Boston.

Rose Kennedy Greenway

MassDOT and the Greenway Conservancy will enter into a new long-term lease and subsidy agreement, the City of Boston has agreed to establish a Greenway support fund to be capitalized with anticipated proceeds from the sale of the Winthrop Square Garage, and A Better City has agreed to lead an effort to organize major property owners to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) to provide financial support for upkeep and maintenance of the park.

“We are proud to announce a sustainable and equitable public-private partnership to support the Greenway in collaboration with the City of Boston, the Conservancy and its abutting neighbors,“ said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “This arrangement will ensure a responsible and fair financial structure in which MassDOT is one of a group of funding partners supporting the Greenway’s nationally renowned parks.“

Under the new public-private partnership, MassDOT will extend the lease of the Greenway to the Conservancy for a new 10-year term and simultaneously enter into a 6-year funding agreement that reduces MassDOT’s contribution of operating funds to the Conservancy over time while also investing capital dollars in Greenway assets as they age.

Under the new 10-year lease, the Greenway Conservancy commits to continue to operate the Greenway as a “first-class“ public park while managing current operating costs to reflect the reduction in MassDOT funding during the transition period to the new public-private partnership arrangement.

Under the public-private partnership funding arrangement, the City of Boston has agreed to establish a City-held fund with $5 million from the sale of 115 Federal Street, (the Winthrop Square Garage site), to benefit the Greenway. This proposed fund requires the passage of state legislation to allow the redevelopment of 115 Federal Street to move forward and is subject to the approval of the Boston City Council. Once established, all income from the fund would go to the Conservancy to support Greenway operations, maintenance and capital repairs.

A Better City will lead the effort to create a Business Improvement District (BID), so that certain properties can contribute directly toward preserving, protecting and enhancing the Greenway. The process of developing the initial BID framework included months of engagement by A Better City and its abutter members with public partners, investors, tenants and other private stakeholders. A Better City will now begin the process of determining the specific details of the BID plan, including boundary lines, a management plan, and a formula for individual contributions, taking into account all feedback from abutters.

Once fully established, the BID will provide $1 million annually to the Conservancy for basic operations, maintenance and horticulture, effectively matching the public sector’s obligations for maintenance of the Greenway. In addition, the abutter community has pledged an extra $500,000 annually for BID-directed enhancements to the Greenway, beginning in Fiscal Year 2020. This BID plan will need to be approved by the Boston City Council.

The Greenway was created as a signature park by the Central Artery/Tunnel Project and has been managed since opening by the Conservancy and funded by MassDOT.


Bedford, Billerica: Middlesex Turnpike Project Moves Forward

The MassDOT Board of Directors has approved the awarding of a contract for approximately $34.4 million for work to reconstruct and improve a section of the Middlesex Turnpike in Bedford and Billerica. Under the project, approximately 1.6 miles of the roadway will be expanded from two lanes to four with new accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Highway logo

This project represents the third phase of MassDOT's ongoing efforts to improve the Middlesex Turnpike by relieving traffic congestion, improving intersection and roadside safety, enhancing features to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians, and improving drainage and stormwater systems.

"We have appreciated the input and support from the public and local leaders and look forward to beginning work operations to improve this important roadway," said MassDOT Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. "This is a very busy corridor and it has been an important process to involve many stakeholders in order to make improvements that take into account all members of the traveling public, whether they are in vehicles, on bicycles or walking."

MassDOT crews and contractors will also add new turning lanes for motor vehicles to increase capacity, install new traffic signals and add sidewalks and other features.

This project will help mitigate flood impacts from the Shawsheen River by raising the roadway profile at the river and providing new precast concrete culverts. Ponding of water on the roadway will also be reduced by a new drainage system that complies with Stormwater Management Standards. These improvements help minimize damage to wetlands and give added protection to wildlife.

Construction operations and work-related activities are expected to begin this summer and due to the large number of utility-related issues and other factors the project is scheduled to be completed in approximately five years. One lane of traffic in each direction, which is existing condition, will be maintained throughout the project and construction operations will be conducted in ways that seek to minimize the impact on the traveling public.


Weston: Newly Constructed Ramp Opens Friday, June 23rd

MassDOT has announced that on the evening of Friday, June 23, it will open a newly constructed on-ramp in Weston for vehicles traveling from I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike) westbound onto Route 128/I-95 north and southbound.

Weston Ramp

This ramp opening is part of the ongoing work to reconstruct the interchange where toll plazas were removed last fall.

In order to facilitate the change this weekend, MassDOT will also close the off-ramp from I-90 westbound onto Park Road and South Avenue/Route 30 westbound beginning on Friday evening for approximately one week.

"We are pleased to reach this milestone in rebuilding the Weston interchange," said Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. "Drivers should be aware that as of Friday night there will be a new path of travel in certain directions at the Weston interchange and should also be mindful of the detour route as the off-ramp from I-90 westbound to local roadways will be closed for one week."

The new ramp will provide additional merging space for traffic entering Route 128/I-95 north and southbound and create a safer connection between the two major interstates. Appropriate signage will be in place and drivers are encouraged to devote their full attention to driving through this location.

The detour route for traffic looking to access Park Road and Route 30/South Avenue westbound from I-90 westbound is as follows:

  • Follow signs and proceed along the newly built ramp from I-90 westbound which direct traffic for Route 95/128 Northbound, Route 30: N.H. - Maine, Points North.
  • Follow the ramp as you pass over the Charles River in a sharp bend.
  • Bear right for Exit 24/Route 30
  • At the top of the hill, proceed left for Route 30 West - Wayland,
  • Proceed straight to the second traffic light. Take a left for Park Road or continue straight to stay on Route 30/South Ave.

Hudson: Washington Street Bridge Project Advances

Washington Street bridge, Hudson

MassDOT is pleased to announce that the Washington Street bridge replacement project in Hudson is moving forward.

The bridge will be closing on Wednesday, July 5, and reopening approximately three months later in October. The Washington Street Bridge carries Route 85 over the Assabet River in Hudson, and construction activities will occur in a way that ensures businesses nearby will remain open and accessible to the public.

"We have appreciated the input and support from the public and civic leaders and the construction operations this summer will allow us to complete the majority of the work needed to replace this important bridge," said Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. "We have developed a detailed detour route that will allow travelers to get to their destinations and reach area businesses throughout the entire construction period in order to reduce the impact on the local community and the traveling public."

"MassDOT is committed to reopening the bridge within the approximate three month contractual timeframe," said Acting District Highway Director Barry Lorion. "During construction, we are taking every step possible to minimize inconvenience to drivers who are traveling along the detour route and working to ensure that businesses remain open and accessible."

Construction operations on the $4.5 million Washington Street Bridge Project began in Fall 2016 and are expected to be completed by Fall 2018. The full scope of work consists of removing the existing stone arch bridge and replacing it with a new single span concrete bridge, installing ornamental light posts, and making infrastructure improvements to the approach roadways.

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