Massachusetts has another reason to celebrate Bay State Bike Week! We just got great news from the League of American Bicyclists that Massachusetts has excelled in their third annual Bicycle Friendly State rankings – the League has named Massachusetts the 15th most bicycle-friendly state. We jumped ahead four places from our 2009 ranking of 19th, which earned Massachusetts an Honorable Mention Award.
This has really been a team effort, and MassDOT extends special thanks to all of our partners in regional and municipal government, and in the bicycling advocacy community. We at MassDOT are particularly proud of our recent efforts to support and promote bicycling, including the adoption of Complete Streets design standards in the 2006 Project Development and Design Guide; the completion of the 2008 State Bicycle Transportation Plan; and the promotion of the Bay State Greenway, a statewide network of on- and off-road bicycle routes recommended in the Bike Plan. And this year MassDOT is partnering with MassBike and local and regional partners to make Bay State Bike Week a statewide celebration, in another demonstration of our commitment to bicycling.
When we launched the Healthy Transportation Compact with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, MassDOT set the goal for Massachusetts to move into the League’s top ten Bicycle Friendly States, and in one year we are halfway to that goal. We are very proud of this ranking, and we are committed to continuing to advance bicycle transportation and moving Massachusetts to the top of the Bicycle Friendly States list.
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