MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey joined his team from the MassDOT Highway Division, the Massachusetts State Police, elected officials, the Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and members of the construction industry to implore motorists to slow down and avoid all distractions when entering work zones.
“The investment in and the maintenance of our transportation network requires men and women to work alongside motor vehicles moving at a high rate of speed,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey. “We want to end this construction season with a spotless safety record and we need the public’s help.”
“Many sections of our nation’s roads will be busy with workers and drivers in the coming months as construction activity picks up,” said FHWA Deputy Administrator Greg Nadeau. “By following the rules of the road in work zones, we can keep people safe during National Work Zone Awareness Week and all year long.”
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police this year are continuing the Work Zone Speed Enforcement program at work zones across the Commonwealth. Since 2011, there have been more than 10,200 citations issued as part of the enforcement program including 1,016 violations of the Move Over Law, 6,749 speeding violations, 742 seatbelt violations, 92 arrests including 16 arrests for drivers suspected of operating under the influence.
For the first time this construction season, MassDOT will be deploying portable rumble strip arrays to slow traffic down in the approach to a lane drop on the highway and a system of barrels or drums with a sequential light system that will better funnel traffic into a work zone.
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