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Martha's Vineyard Drawbridge Nationally Recognized as Top 10 Project
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MassDOT announced that ROADS & BRIDGES magazine has named the Lagoon Pond Drawbridge on Martha’s Vineyard to its list of Top 10 Bridge Projects for 2016

View the entire Martha's Vineyard Drawbridge blog post.

This comprehensive project replaced the existing draw bridge which was constructed in 1935. The builders of the 1935 bridge predicted it would last roughly 75 years, an extraordinary prediction which was accurate within three years.

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September 30, 2016

MassDOT Announces Completion of Trapelo Road Reconstruction Project

Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin, State Senator Will Brownsberger and state and local officials celebrated the completion of the Trapelo Road Reconstruction project.

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"The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is committed to improving local infrastructure and ensuring our communities have the tools and resources to keep moving forward," said Transportation Secretary & CEO Stephanie Pollack. "I am proud of this collaboration between state and local officials, and thankful for the hard work of all those who helped complete this critical project."

"This is a significant development for the local communities and a big step towards safe and smooth travel," said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. "I would like to thank everyone who played a role in this reconstruction project and ensured it was a success."

In collaboration with state and local officials, MassDOT rehabilitated the section of Trapelo Road from Waverly Oaks Road to Belmont Street and the section of Belmont Street from Trapelo Road to Brimmer Street. The $17.1 million project addressed existing traffic signal and geometric deficiencies by improving the capacity, reliability, safety and mobility for pedestrians, cyclists, public transportation vehicles and motor vehicles.

"I’m very grateful to the hundreds of people who came together over the past 15 years to make this project happen," said State Senator Will Brownsberger. "It’s easy to forget how bad it was before. It is a huge step forward. As the project comes formally to an end, we need to remain committed to continually monitoring and improving the traffic patterns on the road."

"The Town of Belmont is pleased to see the completion of this very important project," said Belmont Board of Selectmen Chairman Mark Paolillo. "The improvements represent the culmination of several years of discussion and participation from many stakeholders along the Trapelo Road / Belmont Street corridor. The finished project will enhance the experience of all users along this regionally significant roadway."

The project included significant roadway and traffic signal reconstruction along the corridor. The project featured new sidewalks, marked bicycle lanes and significant landscaping items. The work also included the replacement of the catenary poles associated with the MBTA public transportation system along the corridor.


MassDOT Activates Real Time Traffic Displays on Interstate 195

MassDOT announced the expansion of its Real Time Traffic System (Go-Time) with additional displays along 40 miles of Interstate 195, from Seekonk to Wareham.

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This expansion will include 10 signs, providing travel times to 20 destinations, (12 of these 20 destinations will be displaying travel times as of today, with the remaining 8 coming online as the system buildout is completed this year.) Go-Time is a Bluetooth based system that provides drivers with up to the minute traffic information about how long their commute will be, and promotes reduced congestion and improved air quality by giving drivers a tool to make informed travel decisions regarding which route they choose to travel.

MassDOT is scheduled to continue expanding the Go Time signs throughout 2016 on a corridor by corridor basis. When complete, the full system will cover more than 700 miles of highway state-wide and will have 137 signs displaying travel times to more than 300 destinations. MassDOT estimates that approximately 2.2 million motorists will be able to view the travel time signs on a daily basis. This information will also be available on a mobile app by the end of the year.

Previously, MassDOT activated similar displays along the Route 24 corridor, on Route 3 in Burlington, Route 140 in the Taunton area, and along Route 6 on Cape Cod. The program began when temporary Go-Time signs were put in locations on portions of Interstate 93, Interstate 90 and Route 3. By the end of the year, additional displays are scheduled to be installed along other parts of Interstate 95, Interstate 495, Route 1, Interstate 90 and Interstate 91.


MassDOT, AAA Northeast Announce New RMV Service Location in Peabody

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), in partnership with AAA Northeast (AAA), announced the most recent AAA service location to offer select RMV license and registration services to AAA members. AAA members can now visit the North Shore Peabody office located at 300 Andover Street to perform select Registry transactions.

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MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Deveney and AAA President and CEO Mark Shaw were joined by local and elected officials to share remarks about the new Registry services available at the Peabody location.

"We are always looking for ways to enhance the RMV customer experience. I am pleased the AAA Peabody office is offering Registry services to our shared customers. This new location provides another service channel for AAA members while we work to replace our former RMV Danvers location," explained Registrar Erin Deveney. "Delivering a reliable, accessible, and convenient experience for our customers is our main focus."

Mark Shaw, President and CEO, AAA Northeast, added, "The launch of the Peabody AAA/RMV location marks yet another milestone in enhanced choice and convenience for AAA members and consumers across the Commonwealth. We at AAA Northeast look forward to expanding Registry services to more Massachusetts branches in the near future—and to continuing our very productive partnership with the RMV."

At designated AAA Registry services locations, AAA members can perform select transactions including: driver’s license and ID renewals, duplicate licenses or IDs, registration renewals, duplicate registrations, duplicate titles, and registration transfers. AAA offers its members weekdays and Saturday RMV transaction options. For more information, visit www.aaa.com/registry

The RMV and AAA initially launched a public-private partnership in 2009. With the addition of Peabody, AAA Registry services are now available at 13 AAA locations. AAA Northeast offers services at offices in Burlington, Framingham, Newburyport, Newton, Rockland, Saugus, Somerset, South Dennis, Westwood, and Worcester. AAA Pioneer Valley offers services in Hadley and West Springfield.

Customers are encouraged to visit www.MassRMV.com to process over 25 transactions, access checklists to “Get Ready to Go,” and sign-up to receive RMV News.


Governor Baker Appoints Tim King to MassDOT Board of Directors

Governor Charlie Baker today announced the appointment of Timothy King of Waltham to the MassDOT Board of Directors. King currently serves as a Detective Sergeant for the Waltham Police Department and President of the Massachusetts Police Association.

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"Detective Sergeant Tim King has devoted much of his career to protecting his neighbors in Waltham and serving his colleagues in blue across the Commonwealth," said Governor Charlie Baker. "We welcome that service and devotion to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation as they continue their important work in providing the oversight and direction necessary to advance our transit system across all modes."

Mr. King assumes the Board seat most recently held by Russell Gittlen who was International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) New England Area Director and Assistant Business Manager for Local 447.

"I am pleased to welcome Tim King to the Board and look forward to tapping into his broad experience in law enforcement as the Board continues to meet the challenge of delivering safe and efficient transportation services across the Commonwealth," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We likewise appreciate Mr. Gittlen's service to the Board and Commonwealth over the last year and wish him well in his future endeavors."

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