Facing water shortages from town water restrictions and inefficient methods to fill equipment with needed water, an innovative MassDOT foreman at the Upton Facility in Highway Division District 3 built a cistern system to reduce facility water usage from local water supplies by repurposing materials to capture and store rain water.
By using old deicing fluid tanks to store rainwater, the foreman prevented these old materials from becoming waste and found a sustainable and successful solution to a problem impacting the facilities operations.
The rainwater storage system includes a mechanism to circulate the water to prevent stagnation and pumps to increase the speed operators can fill their equipment. There are plans to replicate the system at three other facilities.
Thanksgiving: Travel Safely! posted on Nov 24
MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to check the latest winter weather forecast and plan ahead with the high volume of traffic on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected this year. Highways are typically busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before and on …Continue Reading Thanksgiving: Travel Safely!
South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward posted on Nov 24
Governor Deval Patrick today joined Acting MassDOT Secretary and CEO Frank DePaola and local officials to announce a contract award for the replacement of four bridges in New Bedford and Fall River along the future South Coast Rail Line. The improvements will advance South Coast …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced