The Patrick-Murray Administration announced the $36.9 million reconstruction of both the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 495 in Lowell is moving forward as part of the historic $3 billion, eight-year Accelerated Bridge Program. The "design-build" project will repair six bridges- two over the Boston & Maine and MBTA railroad, two crossing Woburn Street and two over the Concord River. Three lanes will operate at peak hours at all times in both directions for the duration of the project, with some work done at night. Construction is scheduled for completion by late 2010.
“Design/build is a critically important feature of the Accelerated Bridge Program, which MassHighway is treating as a laboratory of innovation,” said MassHighway Commissioner Luisa Paiewonsky. “We are reducing the timeframes for these projects while ensuring that safety and environmental protection are emphasized.”
MBTA: New Locomotive Now in Service posted on Apr 16
MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott today at Boston North Station welcomed the first of 40 new Commuter Rail locomotives as it was placed into service on the Haverhill Line. To replace existing locomotives between 35 and 40 years old, the MBTA is procuring forty …Continue Reading MBTA: New Locomotive Now in Service
Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel posted on Apr 16
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead, travel safely, and use public transportation where possible during the upcoming holiday weekend. Heavy traffic is expected due to Easter Sunday observances and Patriot’s Day/Marathon Monday, April 21. The heaviest traffic congestion on I-90 during busy holiday weekends is …Continue Reading Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel
Freight Rail Grants Announced posted on Apr 14
The Patrick Administration today announced the awarding of seven grants totaling $2.5 million for industrial rail projects as part of the 2014 Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP). The IRAP funding for the seven projects is being matched by more than $1.9 million in private sector …Continue Reading Freight Rail Grants Announced