Across New England and the northeast, state governments and public employees, utility companies, and volunteers worked together during the past week to respond to the impacts of Irene. At left is flooding along I-90 Westbound in the Berkshires on Sunday, August 28.
MassDOT highway operations and maintenance worked to clear roadways of downed trees and inspect roads and bridges as flood waters receded. The MBTA provided crews and equipment to assist in tree and debris clearance in New Bedford and Bridgewater.
And in some cases, helping out meant cooperation across state lines to expedite the cleanup effort. One such example of cooperation allowed 50 bucket trucks from the Public Service Company of New Hampshire to move without delay through the Commonwealth on the way to assist in response efforts following the impacts of Irene in Connecticut.
In response to a request, MassDOT Secretary Jeff Mullan on Wednesday expedited certain permit requirements and also waived tolls to allow the New Hampshire utility trucks to travel through Massachusetts safely and quickly.
MassDOT notified the Massachusetts State Police of the situation, and by Thursday morning, September 1, the trucks armed with documents showing the approval were on their way. Thanks to everyone inside and outside of transportation for the 24/7 efforts to make safety checks and reopen roads, and restore power.
Concord: New MBTA Commuter Rail Bridge to Roll into Place This Weekend posted on Aug 28
As part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line, the MBTA is replacing the old railroad bridge over Route 62/Main Street in Concord with a new bridge to be rolled into place Saturday, August 29. The current bridge has low clearance and …Continue Reading Concord: New MBTA Commuter Rail Bridge to Roll into Place This Weekend
Knowledge Corridor: New Holyoke Train Station Celebrated posted on Aug 27
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack today joined Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse along with state and local officials to celebrate the opening of the new $4.3 million Holyoke Train Station on the Knowledge Corridor and restoration of Amtrak Vermonter Line …Continue Reading Knowledge Corridor: New Holyoke Train Station Celebrated
MBTA Winter Resiliency Update: Red Line, Orange Line posted on Aug 26
Beginning Saturday, August 29th, and continuing on selected weekends through the remainder of the summer, Red Line service between JFK/UMass and Quincy will be temporarily suspended to allow workers to make the subway more resilient to harsh winter weather conditions. On weekends when workers will …Continue Reading MBTA Winter Resiliency Update: Red Line, Orange Line