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Fed Highway Admin Tunnel Tour, May 5, 2010 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. 

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