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Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh Announce "Invitation to Bid" for Kneeland Street Parcels
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Governor Charlie Baker, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the release of an invitation to bid (ITB) for the proposed Kneeland Street Parcels Redevelopment Project in Boston, which include parcels owned by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the City of Boston, and Veolia Energy Company near South Station, I-90 and I-93.

View the entire Invitation to Bid blog post.

Interested parties may obtain the Invitation to Bid at www.massdotrealty.com

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November 4, 2016

Toll Demolition, Road Reconstruction Continues on Schedule

MassDOT this week continued toll plaza demolition and road reconstruction as part of the transition to All Electronic Tolling along I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike).

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MassDOT crews and contractors remain on schedule as they remove the existing toll plazas structures, fill in the tunnels underneath the toll plazas, remove concrete and other materials, and prepare the highway for normal usage.

Between Friday, October 28, at 10:06 p.m., when All Electronic Tolling was officially activated, and Wednesday, November 2, at 8 a.m., overhead gantries registered approximately 5.3 million transactions. Approximately 83.6% of Tuesday’s transactions were automatically registered as valid E-ZPass transactions, while the rest will be reviewed or processed as Pay By Plate transactions.

Drivers are reminded that the posted speed limit is 15 mph through the active construction zones, even when there is no visible activity. This speed limit will remain in place until November 22, as crews now are involved in the process of demolishing the center areas of existing toll plazas and reconstructing the roadways in those center areas as temporary traffic patterns guide vehicles to the right and left of center areas.

Drivers are strongly discouraged from stopping at the existing toll booths and attempting to manually pay the toll fare or use their E-ZPass transponder. The All Electronic Tolling system utilizes new overhead gantries, and ensures that drivers without an active transponder are able to pay the toll by automatically taking a picture of their license plate and sending them a “Pay By Plate” invoice in the mail. Stopping at the existing toll plazas is an unnecessary hazard that jeopardizes the safety of construction crews, law enforcement personnel, and other travelers.

MassDOT announced a "grace period" for drivers without transponders who then sign up for an E-Z PassMA account as the Commonwealth continues the transition to electronic tolling. For information, please visit: www.ezdrivema.com

MassDOT appreciates the patience of the public during the transition from manual toll collection and believes community members will soon see the benefits of electronic tolls, including, an increase in safety, a lessening of traffic congestion, and a reduction of greenhouse gases.

Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and allow extra time for travel. Members of the public with concerns or questions can email Aetinfo@dot.state.ma.us


Needham: I-95 Bypass Detour This Weekend

MassDOT has announced that it will detour northbound and southbound traffic off I-95/Route 128 in Needham this coming weekend, beginning in the evening on Friday, November 4, and ending by the early morning of Monday, November 7.

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These detours are necessary in order to ensure public safety and facilitate the establishment of a work zone for the demolition of the “old” Highland Avenue Bridge over I-95/Route 128 as part of the Add-A-Lane project. This closure will allow MassDOT and their contractor to establish a safe work zone to enable this demolition and repair project to be completed before the Monday morning rush hour.

Demolition operations will first occur on the east side of the bridge (over I-95 Northbound), from Friday evening, to Saturday afternoon. This will be followed by work on the west side of the bridge (over I-95 Southbound), from Saturday evening, to early Monday morning. At present it is anticipated that there will be a period of time on Saturday afternoon when both I-95 North and Southbound are detoured.

During the demolition operations, highway vehicles will be detoured off I-95/Route 128 and will use the two lanes of travel on off-ramps. They will then cross over Highland Avenue and then get back onto the highway. Because Highland Avenue at this demolition area will be closed to local traffic, vehicles coming from I-95/Route 128 will not have to stop at the traffic lights which on a normal day are active.

Appropriate signage and police details will be present to guide traffic to the detoured routes.

MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays. Those traveling through the area should expect delays and traffic impacts, reduce speed, and use caution.

For detour maps, check the Highland Ave Bridge Demolition Webpage within the Add-A-Lane Project website (linked above), where project overview information is also available.


MBTA Urges Customers to "Stay Connected" this Winter

The MBTA launched its Winter Weather public information campaign, urging customers to stay connected during storms and inclement weather. Commuter Rail, bus and subway riders can go to MBTA.com/weather, download our Twitter transit app and follow the T on Twitter, and sign up for T-alerts. The campaign employs digital, social and print media to encourage T riders to get the most updated service information available as they travel throughout the transit system. In addition to hundreds of signs inside trains and buses, winter weather messaging is being displayed on digital screens throughout the MBTA subway system.

Since the record-breaking winter of 2015, the MBTA has been working to upgrade our track and signal infrastructure, investing millions in new snow-fighting equipment, as well as stocking up on replacement parts for trains.

"We know how important it is that our customers have the capability to access real-time information and be able to adjust their commute experience accordingly," said MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. "Our team has been working very hard to make sure thousands of T riders can get the travel information they deserve quickly and easily."

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To help ensure that customers stay connected, the MBTA recommends the following:

  • Visit www.mbta.com/winter
  • Sign-up for T-Alerts
  • Download Transit (MBTA endorsed)
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Call Customer Service at 617-222-3200

The MBTA is committed to keeping its customers better informed by providing the most updated service information quickly, accurately and when they need it.

Follow us on Twitter @MBTA for service information, and on @MBTA CR for commuter rail service information.


Springfield: I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Public Meeting Set

MassDOT has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for the Interstate 91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project:

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Thursday, November 17, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, One Financial Plaza – 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1350 Main Street, Springfield

The public information meeting will provide an update on the major construction and demolition activities on the I-91 Viaduct. MassDOT will present the upcoming lane changes on I-91 for Stage 2 of construction, when traffic will be shifted to the inner lanes of the viaduct. The project team will also provide details on the construction and demolition progress to date, existing lane and ramp closures, and detour routes. The presentation will conclude with a question and answer session.

MassDOT is undertaking the I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project to replace the existing deck of the bridge, which is in poor condition. The project is the result of several years of planning and valuable input from a wide variety of stakeholders. It will continue to progress on an accelerated schedule to reduce traffic impacts and minimize construction duration. The project will reduce annual maintenance costs, increase safety and accessibility on this busy interstate, and ensure long-term serviceability.

Please visit the project website to sign up for email alerts and learn more about this important project. For questions or concerns, please email the project team at I91viaduct@state.ma.us or call 617-454-1839.

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