MassDOT January Board Meeting
Love in the Air - Even at South Station!
With the December holidays now behind us, it is time to look ahead to a new year and new celebrations. This time, we’re honoring Saint Valentine – that mischief-maker who encourages thoughts of love, hand-holding, chocolate, and roses on February 14.
We are looking for stories of romance to share on our blog. Has Cupid ever struck you at South Station? (Check out the photo from South Station circa 1971, courtesy Dan Brody). Perhaps you met your special someone while waiting for the next train. Or do you recall tireless nights of traveling through the station to reach your final destination, the arms of your sweetheart? Do you know anyone who has ever popped the question nearby?
In the true spirit of Saint Valentine, share your story and spread the LOVE. Please email Kate Fichter by Friday, January 31. We look forward to hearing from you! Please write only if you want to share your story with our South Station friends.
MassDOT Five-Year Transportation Capital Investment Plan
MassDOT this week released the first draft five-year MassDOT Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for FY2014-FY2018. The $12.4 billion program makes long-term investments that will create growth and opportunity for residents across the Commonwealth and represents the first unified, multi-modal capital investment plan covering all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail, and transit, including the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities. .
"This five-year plan will invest in critical projects identified in The Way Forward and reflects the Governor’s priorities in mobility, equity, environmental stewardship and economic development," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey.
The five-year CIP includes funding for the following initiatives:
- $1.3 billion to complete the Green Line Extension, providing full service to Somerville and Medford by 2020.
- $835 million to begin the $1.3 billion replacement program of 43-year old Red line vehicles and 31-year old Orange Line vehicles, as well as improvements to tracks, signals and systems.
- $254 million for South Coast Rail, including early action improvements to rail ties, signal systems and bridges, as well as beginning preliminary engineering for the project.
- $252 million for implementation of diesel multiple unit service (DMU) on the Fairmount Line and expansion of the Silver Line to Chelsea.
- $3.3 billion for the rehabilitation and maintenance of bridges, including nearly $1.7 billion to complete historic Accelerated Bridge Program “mega” projects such as the Longfellow Bridge, Whittier Bridge in Amesbury and Braga Bridge in Fall River.
- $260 million to rehabilitate the I-91 Springfield Viaduct from the North End Bridge to the Memorial Bridge and review Viaduct options in downtown Springfield.
- $240 million for reconstruction of the I-93/95 Interchange in Canton, which facilitates private sector investment in the University Station development in the town of Westwood.
- $161 million for the realignment of the I-90 Turnpike in Allston.
- $160 million to complete the conversion to All Electronic Tolling on the I-90 Turnpike from New York to Boston and the harbor tunnels, including funds to begin ramp and road reconfiguration in FY2016.
- $192 million for advanced communications and traffic control technologies to reduce congestion and delays.
- $1.5 billion for municipal projects, including $200 million per year for Chapter 90 and $582 million in other municipal projects identified for the first time in a comprehensive project list.
- $250 million for a statewide portfolio of Aeronautics projects focused on maintenance and repair of runways, hangers and navigation systems.
- $34 million for the Housatonic Railroad, including the rehabilitation of tunnels, track and signals in advance of eventual rail line acquisition.
- $31 million to complete track and signal projects necessary to restore permanent, seasonal Cape Flyer passenger service to Cape Cod.
- $211 million for regional transit services, including $15 million for the purchase of senior citizen transportation vans for the local Councils on
Aging, $196 million for the replacement of Regional Transit Authority buses, and improvements to maintenance depots and intermodal facilities such as a new Pioneer Valley Transit Authority maintenance facility.
- $99.5 million for a comprehensive modernization effort of the RMV’s 20-year old Automated License and Registration Renewal System (ALARS) that includes the archiving of twenty years of data, removing old software and building a new, modern computer system.
- $43.0 million to advance the “Reimagining RMV” plan, in collaboration with the ALARS project, to significantly upgrade the quality of services provided by the department
MassDOT will host six public meetings across the Commonwealth to receive feedback on the draft CIP plan, which is expected to be delivered to the MassDOT Board of Directors for consideration in February.
The public meetings are scheduled as follows:
- Wednesday, January 29, 6:00-8:00pm, State Transportation Building, 2nd Floor, 10 Park Plaza, Boston
- Wednesday, January 29, 6:00-8:00pm, Union Station, 2 Washington Square, Worcester
- Monday, February 3, 6:00-8:00pm, Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst
- Monday, February 3, 6:00-8:00pm, Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield
- Wednesday, February 5, UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, North Dartmouth
- Monday, February 10, 6:00-8:00pm, North Shore location TBD
Burns Bridge Progress: Bird's Eye View
The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge replacement project in Worcester-Shrewsbury is moving into an important phase during winter 2014.
Demolition of the old Burns Bridge will begin following a traffic shift. The shift of traffic from the existing bridge to a new span is coming in the next several weeks weather permitting.
The demolition is currently anticipated to run approximately four and a half months.
The $89 million Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Project is a signature initiative of the Patrick Administration’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program. The replacement bridge will carry Route 9, known as Belmont Street in Worcester and Turnpike Road in Shrewsbury, over Lake Quinsigamond.
A morning’s Bird’s Eye Camera View can be seen, above. Visit the Burns Bridge website to view the work.
See a Pothole? Contact MassDOT
Potholes are the inevitable result of winter and early spring moisture and the freeze-thaw cycle. MassDOT crews throughout the Commonwealth are prepared each day to repair potholes that can damage vehicles and delay traffic.
We also appreciate the public’s help in telling us about pothole locations on state roads so that repairs can be made as quickly as possible.
Potholes result as water from snow and rain seeps into small cracks in the roadway surface. As temperatures drop, the water freezes and expands, making the cracks larger until potholes form. Heavy traffic, pavement age, vehicle weights, and snow and ice operations contribute to the problem.
Crews make two types of repairs, depending on temperature and road conditions. A temporary “cold patch” is used at lower temperatures during late winter. Hot mix asphalt is applied at higher temperatures as a long-term fix.
MassDOT works closely with public safety officers and city and town officials to monitor potholes. We also appreciate reports from drivers.
If you see a pothole, please call MassDOT at 857-DOT-INFO (857-368-4636), Toll Free at 877-MA-DOT-GOV (877-623-6846), or visit our online contact information web page to send us an e-mail.