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Baker-Polito Administration Municipal Small Bridge Program Accepting Applications

The Baker-Polito Administration officially launched the $50 million Municipal Small Bridge Program, with applications being accepted through October 31. The program makes up to $500,000 per year, per municipality for administration, design and construction, available to communities to rebuild and rehabilitate critical local bridges not eligible for federal aid under existing replacement or rehabilitation programming and at high risk for full or partial closure due to present condition.

View the entire Small Bridge Program blog post.

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September 16, 2016

E-ZPass Sign Up Van September Visits

EZ Pass Van

MassDOT will bring the E-ZPass MA Sign-Up Van to central and western Massachusetts through September.

As the “go live” date for the new All Electronic Tolling System (AET) nears, drivers are strongly encouraged to sign up for a free E-ZPass MA transponder to ensure they pay the lowest toll rates under the new system.

The van will also visit the following locations:

  • Granby Senior Center, 10 West State Street, Granby, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., on Wednesday, September 21
  • Big E Fair, 1305 Memorial Avenue, Springfield, from 9 a.m., to 2 p.m., on Thursday, September 22
  • Lenox Apple Squeeze, Lenox, at the intersection of Main Street and Sunset Avenue, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., on Saturday, September 24
  • Monson Senior Center, 106 Main Street, Monson, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., on Wednesday, September 28
  • South Hadley Farmers Market, Town Common, South Hadley, from 2 p.m., to 6 p.m., on Thursday, September 29

If a vehicle has an E-ZPass transponder, the toll will be automatically charged to the customer’s E-ZPass account to which the transponder is registered. If a vehicle does not have an E-ZPass transponder, cameras mounted on a gantry over the road will capture a photograph of the vehicle’s license plate and the registered owner of the vehicle will be sent an invoice. Pay by Plate users will pay a surcharge.

Other ways to Sign-Up for a Transponder

Sign up online and a transponder will be mailed to you free of charge. Visit any one of the five Customer Service Centers in Massachusetts:

  • Auburn E-ZPass MA Customer Service Center: 27 Midstate Drive, Auburn, Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Google Map for Directions. Handicapped accessible.
  • East Boston E-ZPass MA Customer Service Center: 145 Havre Street, East Boston: Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday: 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday: Closed. This building is not currently fully accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you need to visit this location and need assistance to enter the building, there is a service bell at the entrance and visitors can call 877-627-7745 for assistance.
  • Natick E-ZPass MA Customer Service Center: Natick Service Plaza on I-90 Eastbound: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday: Closed. Handicapped accessible.
  • Saugus E-ZPass MA Customer Service Center: inside the Square One Mall, 1202 Broadway, Route 1 South: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday and Monday: Closed. Handicapped accessible.
  • Boston E-ZPass MA Customer Service Center: Haymarket Center at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, 136 Blackstone Street, Boston: Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: Closed. Handicapped accessible.

Drivers can also obtain an EZ-Pass MA transponder at Registry of Motor Vehicles branches and AAA locations across Massachusetts. To find a location, visit the AAA Web site.

Drivers will soon be able obtain E-ZPass MA transponder at the I-90 service plazas in Lee and Ludlow.

Drivers that are hearing impaired and want an E-ZPass MA transponder, should call TTD/TTY (Hearing Impaired Phone Line Only): (508) 721-7974

Canton: I-95/Dedham Street Interchange Construction Moves Forward

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors has approved a $44.2 million contract with SPS New England to reconstruct the I-95/Dedham Street Interchange in Canton and three bridges.

traffic at interchange

The project will improve access to the Route 128 Commuter Rail Station and the University Station development and increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.

As part of the work, a new off-ramp will be constructed from I-95 northbound to Dedham Street in Canton, which will complete the half-diamond interchange at that location. This direct access from I-95 northbound will reduce traffic on residential roads.

The bridge carrying Dedham Street over I-95 will be replaced with a structure that includes five travel lanes and allow for an exclusive left-turn lane from Dedham Street westbound to the existing I-95 southbound on-ramp.

The bridge carrying Dedham Street over I-95 will be replaced with a structure that includes five travel lanes and allow for an exclusive left-turn lane from Dedham Street westbound to the existing I-95 southbound on-ramp. Dedham Street itself will be widened from its existing two travel lanes to four travel lanes between Kirby Drive in Canton to a point west of the Neponset River in Norwood/Westwood, a distance of approximately 3,800 feet. This work will include widening the bridge over the Neponset River and the bridge over the MBTA/Amtrak railroad tracks to accommodate the two additional traffic lanes.

The project will also include intersection improvements at Shawmut Road and the construction of a sidewalk along the project’s length. Five-foot shoulders will also be constructed to accommodate bicycles.

New traffic signals will be installed along Dedham Street at the intersection with the southbound onramp, northbound off-ramp and Shawmut Road. These traffic signals will improve traffic flow in the area and promote increased pedestrian and vehicle safety.

"I would like to thank the MassDOT Board members for approving this major construction contract that will allow us to continue investing in key multi-modal transportation infrastructure projects," said MassDOT CEO & Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack.

MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin highlighted the benefits drivers will see after the project is complete.

"Once complete, this project will have major benefits for drivers, including easier access to Dedham Street and safer travel routes for bicyclists," said Administrator Tinlin. "This is another example of MassDOT making critical infrastructure improvements to benefit all modes of transportation."

Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito, Transit Officials Provide MBTA Reforms, Winter Resiliency Update

Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack visited the MBTA’s Caddigan Yard near the Braintree MBTA stop as work continues on the second phase of Red Line winter resiliency upgrades and as the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) continues to make improvement reforms to service, accountability and reliability for taxpayers and riders.


To accommodate the winter resiliency work, buses will replace train service this month on the Braintree Branch:

  • Sept. 24-25 between Braintree and North Quincy Stations, from start to end of service

More dates will be announced for weekend dates from October through November.

"The MBTA continues to improve its infrastructure and strengthen its ability to perform for riders during severe weather by investing in the core system,” said Governor Charlie Baker. "This resiliency work and the Fiscal and Management Control Board's efforts to deliver meaningful reforms, transparency and cost-effectiveness, will ultimately mean a more accountable and reliable transit system for the Commonwealth’s commuters and taxpayers."

The $18.5 million resiliency contract was awarded in July by the FMCB to Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., and will implement upgrades along 9.9 miles of the Red Line's Braintree and Ashmont Lines, including the replacement of all third rail and heating systems, track and tie renewals, signals, track structure and conduit installations.

"These investments in preparation for another New England winter are important to the riders who depend on the system every day to get to and from their jobs and school," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. "Since historic snowfall and temperatures hampered the MBTA last year, leaders at the T have focused on the reforms and investments in the core system to ensure greater reliability."

The Governor, Lt. Governor and Secretary were joined by MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve, Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Gonneville and Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan, who was appointed to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) new Board of Directors when it was expanded as a result of reform legislation filed and signed by Governor Baker last year.

“The MBTA's goals continue to be the safety of our passengers and the ability to provide reliable service to those customers, especially during severe weather," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "The next phase of winter resiliency work reflects the type of investments we are making, and that need to be made, in order to improve the system in the short and long term."

The $83 million MBTA Winter Resiliency Plan announced by the Baker-Polito Administration in 2015 focused on infrastructure, equipment, and operations improvements on the Red Line and Orange Line to more effectively mitigate the frequency, length and magnitude of system disruptions to public transit during severe weather. The first phase, implemented last year, included third rail and rail heater improvements along 13.6 miles of the Red Line from the Andrew Station portal to Quincy Adams, while the second phase which began this summer and will continue through December completes the improvements along the entire length of the Red Line.

"This work is key to keeping the system operating no matter what challenges Mother Nature throws at us," said MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. "In addition, investments have already been made to secure specialized snow removal equipment to increase our snow removal capacity and ensure passenger vehicles operate on schedule."

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