Governor Deval Patrick today visited the Chelsea Street Bridge project to highlight the jobs created by the MassWorks initiative to invest billions of dollars improving transportation infrastructure and note the latest numbers showing the Massachusetts economy added 19,000 jobs in April.
This construction season MassDOT road and bridge projects will support more than 10,000 jobs on 385 separate projects across the Commonwealth. MassDOT’s investment in roads and bridges totals more than $1.085 billion for FY2010, more than double FY2007 spending of $515 million. These investments are the result of combined impact of the Accelerated Bridge Program, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and Statewide Road and Bridge Program.
The $116 million Chelsea Street Bridge project involves the replacement of a truss-type structure that spans 450 feet and will provide 175 feet of vertical clearance when raised. The new bridge and approach roadway match the footprint of the existing bridge and will provide for four lanes of traffic two pedestrian sidewalks. The existing bridge is scheduled to be closed from July through December in 2011, with completion scheduled for spring 2012.
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