Governor Deval Patrick joined Congressman Barney Frank, Congressman Jim McGovern, MassDOT Secretary Rich Davey, state legislators and local municipal leaders along with hundreds of family, friends and local residents for the September 11 ceremony for the new Veterans’ Memorial Bridge connecting Fall River and Somerset.
The ceremony and naming of the new bridge honors Fall River and Somerset area members of the Armed Forces who served their country.
The Veterans’ Memorial Bridge replaces the century old Brightman Street Bridge located to the south and will carry a newly reconfigured Route 6 over the Taunton River between Somerset and Fall River. The $292.6 million bridge project includes a new a four-leaf bascule bridge, with each leaf and counterweight having a combined weight of four million pounds.
The new bridge will improve traffic on the roads and on the waterway, with a horizontal clearance of 200 feet and a vertical clearance of 60 feet with the bascule leaves in the closed position.
The westbound lanes of the new bridge will open this week upon completion of final paving and pavement markings. Eastbound lanes are scheduled to open in fall 2011, depending on weather impacts on the final work schedule.
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel
MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed posted on May 24
Effective immediately, hoverboards are prohibited on all MBTA property, including stations, buses, subways, trains, and commuter boats. MBTA subway and bus personnel, along with Keolis Commuter Rail staff have been informed that customers with hoverboards shall not be permitted to bring such devices into MBTA …Continue Reading MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed
MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement posted on May 24
Frank DePaola, P.E., who has served as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) since February 2015, announced to staff that he plans to retire after his current appointment expires on June 30. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack thanked DePaola in a letter …Continue Reading MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement