MassHighway Commissioner Luisa Paiewonsky joined the ribbon-cutting for the Pleasant Street Bridge in Grafton, now open to traffic and a successful project as part of Governor Patrick's $3 billion, eight-year Accelerated Bridge Program.
Using an innovative Design/Build streamlined construction process, MassHighway was able to open the bridge to traffic many months earlier than the normal construction timeframe. Construction is still underway to complete the $5 million bridge replacement project over the Blackstone River, and drivers are urged to use caution.
The design/build process cuts project completion times dramatically by compressing the traditional design-bid-build construction process into a system in which one contractor is responsible for design and construction of a project. View a photo slideshow of the Grafton project on the interactive Accelerated Bridge Program website.
The Accelerated Bridge Program will reduce the number of structurally-deficient bridges and create thousands of engineering and construction jobs, providing long term savings in avoided inflation and deferred maintenance costs.
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel
MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed posted on May 24
Effective immediately, hoverboards are prohibited on all MBTA property, including stations, buses, subways, trains, and commuter boats. MBTA subway and bus personnel, along with Keolis Commuter Rail staff have been informed that customers with hoverboards shall not be permitted to bring such devices into MBTA …Continue Reading MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed
MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement posted on May 24
Frank DePaola, P.E., who has served as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) since February 2015, announced to staff that he plans to retire after his current appointment expires on June 30. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack thanked DePaola in a letter …Continue Reading MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement