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MassDOT June Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 18

State Transportation Building
MBTA Board Room
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza

Full Meeting Schedule

On the MassDOT Blog

Green Line Extension
Somerville, Medford
Survey Work

The Green Line Extension team has an important update about ongoing project work in June. Starting this month and continuing over the next several months, contractors for the project will be conducting survey work on properties along the Green Line Extension corridor from Washington Street in Somerville to Winthrop Street in Medford. This work will support the continued design of the project.

View the entire Green Line Extension blog post.

June 6, 2014

Route 79/Braga Bridge & Burns Bridge Milestones

Another day, another milestone is reached for a MassDOT "mega" project! The first steel beams were lifted into place this week as part of the Route 79/ Braga Bridge Project in Fall River. This important project will improve transportation while transforming Fall River’s waterfront.

The Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project is one of the five largest projects of the Patrick Administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts.

Safety, access and aesthetics near the City Pier area of Fall River will be improved as the project removes the Route 79 viaduct and replaces it with a new surface roadway that combines Route 79 and Davol Street.

In addition, the nine "spaghetti ramps" connecting Route 79 and I-195 will be rebuilt and two new roadways — Water Street Connector and Milliken Connector — will improve local connections to the waterfront and I-195. Pedestrian and bicycle safety will also be enhanced through the addition of three signalized intersections on Route 79, wider sidewalks, bike lanes and a shared-use path. Structural steel repairs of the iconic Braga Bridge over the Taunton River will improve the bridge’s structural integrity and appearance.

Check the Route 79/Braga Bridge webpage for updates on construction and detours.

Burns Bridge Milestone: Demolition Completed

A Patrick Administration Accelerated Bridge Program "mega project" also reached another milestone in June. As of the week of June 2, demolition of the old Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge in Worcester-Shrewsbury is complete and construction of the second half of its replacement is underway.

Work over the next several weeks into summer 2014 will include completion of new sidewalks and landscaping, driving 36-inch pipe piles at two piers, and forming and pouring concrete for the west abutment. Remaining shallow spots from the old bridge will be dredged.

As of early March, traffic completely shifted to the first half of the new Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge, four months ahead of schedule. All traffic is riding on the new bridge's concrete deck. A permanent asphalt surface will be installed prior to project completion.

With the old bridge demolished, the second half of the new one will be built in the same approximate location. When complete, the new Kenneth F. Burns Bridge will offer three lanes in both directions and dedicated turning lanes, along with improved bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge is one of the Accelerated Bridge Program projects in the eight-year, $3 billion effort to reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts. For more information, please visit the project website,

Express Bus: Back Bay to Logan Airport

Massport's new Logan Express Bus adds a convenient connection between Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood and Logan Airport. The bus stops every 20 minutes daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hynes Convention Center and Copley MBTA Station. The Logan Express bus ride to Logan Airport takes approximately 20 minutes, more during rush hour periods. It stops at all terminals. The fare is $5 per passenger with payment by credit card. The ride is FREE to riders with a current, valid MBTA pass. Details as follows:

Bus Route Stops to Airport

  • Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street (opposite Gloucester Street)
  • Copley T Station, 650 Boylston Street (near Boston Public Library)
  • Terminal A, B, C, E (Departures Level drop-off)

Bus Route Stops from Airport

  • Terminal A, B, C, E (Arrivals Level pick-up at Logan Express stops)
  • Copley Square, St. James Avenue
  • Hynes Convention Center

Schedule - The bus service will run on a 20-minute schedule
(departures occur at :00, :20, :40 past the hour)

  • Leave Hynes Convention Center to Logan: Daily First Trip: 5:00 a.m. - Last Trip: 9 p.m.
  • Leave Logan to Back Bay: Daily First Trip: 6:00 a.m. - Last Trip: 10:00 p.m.

All buses are wheelchair accessible. More information about Logan Express is available 24 hours at 1-800-23-LOGAN.

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