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MassDOT September Board Meeting

September 17
State Transportation Building
Suite 3830
10 Park Plaza
Boston, MA
Full Meeting Schedule

On the MassDOT Blog

Green Line Extension Art Program Seeks Artists

The Green Line Extension (GLX) project is pleased to announce the second phase of the GLX Integrated Art Program and release of another Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the purpose of commissioning multiple artists to design an integral art program for the GLX stations.

In April, as part of the first phase of the GLX Art Program, three artists were selected after careful consideration and input from the community. Their work will become an integrated part of the first three new stations (Lechmere, Washington Street & Union Square) of the Green Line Extension.

View the entire Integrated Art Program blog post

Submissions must be received using the online platform by
Friday, August 15, 2014 no later than 11:59 PM.

July 18, 2014

Tobin Bridge All-Electronic Tolling Begins: E-ZPass Sign Up

MassDOT is encouraging motorists to join E-ZPass as All-Electronic Tolling is being implemented this month on the Tobin Bridge.

The E-ZPass Street Team will be enrolling new customers in the E-ZPass program throughout the region in the coming weeks. E-ZPass is free to join and customers receive a transponder onsite.

The Street Team's upcoming schedule is part of MassDOT’s continued efforts to enroll new customers in the E-ZPass program as the Tobin Bridge makes the conversion to all-electronic tolling. Tolls will be collected electronically through the E-ZPass transponder or via a “pay-by-plate” system, where an image of a license plate is taken and an invoice will be sent to the address listed on the vehicle registration. This means that vehicles will no longer stop at a toll plaza to pay cash.

Sign-Up sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, July 21st, 11am-5pm
    Kowloon Restaurant Parking Lot Route 1 North, 948 Broadway, Saugus
  • Tuesday, July 22nd & Wednesday July 23rd, 11am-5pm
    MEG Building, 58 Essex Street, Saugus
  • Thursday, July 24th & Friday, July 25th, 11am-5pm
    Kowloon Restaurant Parking Lot, Saugus
  • Saturday, July 26th, 10am-1pm
    Saugus Square One Mall Truck Show, 1201 Broadway, RT 1 South
  • Saturday, July 26th, 2-4pm
    Chelsea Market Basket, 160 Everett Ave

In addition to these sign up sessions, you may also join E-ZPass online, or by phone, 877-627-7745. Transponders are also available at Registry of Motor Vehicles branches and from AAA.

MassDOT Berkshire Rail Line Purchase

The MassDOT Board of Directors has authorized MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey to execute an agreement to purchase the Berkshire Line from the Housatonic Railroad Company, a major step toward delivering passenger rail service between New York City and the Berkshires.

The agreement includes $12.13 million to acquire the line and an estimated $35 million for initial track improvements, funded by the 2014 Transportation Bond Bill approved by the legislature. The Berkshire Line extends approximately 37 miles from the Connecticut border in Sheffield through Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Lee, and Lenox to Pittsfield, where it joins the CSXT Railroad main line.

"Studies have shown that a Berkshire County rail connection to New York City would be a winner, with more than one million rides annually," said Secretary Davey. "This purchase and the initial upgrades in the line represent historic steps toward improved access to the Berkshires for tourists and residents alike." The initial track improvements will permit the operation of passenger trains but serve freight trains until the Connecticut portion of the project is completed. A final round of track improvements will be required along with improvements on the Connecticut portion of the line prior to the start of passenger rail service. The Transportation Bond Bill included $113 million for the purchase and Massachusetts portion of the track improvements.

A date for the beginning of passenger service is dependent upon completion of the upgrades in both states.

Burns Bridge 2nd Half Construction Moves Forward

Construction is now underway to build the second half of the new Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge in Worcester-Shrewsbury.

Earlier this year, traffic 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.

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.

Work over the next several weeks will include the following:

  • Completion of driving H-piles at the east abutment,
    followed by construction of the abutment footing.
  • Completion of pile installation at piers three and four.
  • Installation of drainage under the eastbound bridge deck.
  • Completion of the dredging operation at Ramshorn Island.
  • Completion of the landscaping and retaining walls at the Lincoln Park Towers parking lot.
  • Roadway median construction on Belmont Street (Route 9 west of the bridge).
  • Continued planting of trees and shrubs project wide.

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.

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