Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez met with MassDOT Secretary Jeff Mullan in Boston this month to discuss transportation issues- and get a first hand look at the Metropolitan Highway System and the Ted Williams tunnel. MassDOT provided Mendez a briefing of the status and closeout plan for the Stem to Stern Review of the System and the review by the USDOT Office of Inspector General.
In the photo at left, Mendez and MassDOT Division Engineer John McInerney are viewing an ongoing long term load (creep) test on an epoxy anchor in the Ted Williams Tunnel exhaust air plenum.
MassDOT Highway Division Administrator Luisa Paiewonsky and MassDOT District 6 Highway Director Helmut Ernst were among those joining FHWA Administrator Mendez, Associate FHWA Administrator King Gee, and FHWA Division Administrator Lucy Garliauskas in discussions during the visit. Secretary Mullan explained the Central Artery Tunnel and airport connections using a map printed on his tie.
Mr. Mendez also toured the MassDOT Highway Operations Center with Superintendents Eric Podolski and Michael Fitzpatrick.
FHWA Administrator Mendez got first hand knowledge of one of the 20 construction remediation contracts funded by the Central Artery Tunnel Repair and Maintenance Trust Fund with a tour of the ongoing work in the Ted Williams tunnel exhaust plenum. MassDOT safety engineer Mark Loiselle briefed the tour on safety and confined space before the group entered the exhaust plenum from a vent building in South Boston.
The work viewed is a ceiling hanger remediation project involving 200 epoxy supported ceiling hangers and associated proof, ultimate capacity and creep testing to evaluate the existing epoxy anchors supporting the Tunnel ceiling. MassDOT Engineer John McInerney and staff Engineers Jonathon Ranieri, Robert Hutcheon and Brian Kelleher explained the project and answered FHWA questions.
MBTA: Weekend Commuter Boat Service Returns May 28 posted on May 26
MassDOT weekend commuter boat service will be provided for the third year between Hingham, Hull, Georges Island, Grape Island and Boston. The service begins Memorial Day weekend and will continue through the Labor Day weekend. “Commuter ferry service on the weekends during the two previous …Continue Reading MBTA: Weekend Commuter Boat Service Returns May 28
Boston: Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project Community Meeting posted on May 26
MassDOT has scheduled a community meeting for the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Reconstruction Project as follows: Thursday, June 2, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Jacob Sleeper Auditorium (CGS 129), Boston University, 871 Commonwealth Avenue. The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Reconstruction Project will replace the existing superstructure …Continue Reading Boston: Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project Community Meeting
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