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.
Longfellow Bridge: Next Stage of Construction to Begin in August posted on Jul 22
MassDOT’s contractor is scheduled to begin the next stage of construction on the Longfellow Bridge in August 2016 now that the MBTA Red Line trains have been moved to their new locations. In this stage, bridge rehabilitation work will occur under the MBTA outbound track. …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge: Next Stage of Construction to Begin in August
Maynard: Assabet River Rail Trail to Connect with MBTA Station posted on Jul 21
MassDOT Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin today joined local legislators to break ground on the Assabet River Rail Trail construction project in Maynard. The $6.7 million project links the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge with the downtown Maynard business district as well as the MBTA South …Continue Reading Maynard: Assabet River Rail Trail to Connect with MBTA Station
Coming Soon: Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations posted on Jul 20
MassDOT has announced that “Fast Charging” Stations for Electric Vehicles will be available at I-90 Service Plazas beginning later this year. Depending upon the electric vehicle and the state of its current charge, the stations will charge an electric vehicle to at least 80% power …Continue Reading Coming Soon: Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations