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.
Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase posted on Aug 20
Governor Deval Patrick today announced an agreement in principle allowing the Commonwealth to purchase the Knowledge Corridor rail line between East Northfield and Springfield from Pan Am Southern, a joint venture of Pan Am and Norfolk Southern. The 49-mile segment of rail is currently undergoing …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase
Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule posted on Aug 19
MassDOT announced the successful opening of the new Morton Street Bridge in Mattapan more than a full day ahead of the already accelerated schedule. The original structurally deficient bridge carrying Morton Street over the MBTA commuter rail tracks closed on Friday, August 8 for final …Continue Reading Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule
Berkley: Padelford Street Bridge Opens posted on Aug 18
MassDOT’s Highway Division Administrator Frank DePaola today joined state and local officials in celebrating the opening of the new Padelford Street Bridge in Berkley. The $5.65 million project used fast track “Design Build” rapid construction techniques to replace the bridge structure. The result: a limited …Continue Reading Berkley: Padelford Street Bridge Opens