Post Content

storrow-drive-change-2018The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is reminding drivers to follow the new pavement markings and traffic configuration that is currently in place on approximately 800 feet of Storrow Drive westbound between Leverett and Charles Circle in Boston.

Last week, MassDOT installed new pavement markings in this area on a pilot basis to improve traffic flow. This area is a convergence point for traffic coming from several regional routes including I-93, Route 1 and Route 1A. MassDOT’s traffic modeling indicates that these changes may be beneficial and improve traffic flow; however, it is important to evaluate actual conditions and driver behavior.

“These new pavement markings have increased roadway capacity and there is no longer a required lane switch in order to continue westbound on Storrow Drive. Instead, drivers exiting the tunnel can utilize all lanes, including the left travel lane which was previously an exit-only lane,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We encourage drivers to obey the new pavement markings and signage, recognize that there may be impacts as travelers become adjusted to the new traffic pattern, and devote their full attention to the road ahead when traveling throughout this area.”

MassDOT is continuing to monitor traffic conditions at this location under this pilot program and will be evaluating results this week and making a decision regarding potential long-term changes. MassDOT encourages the public to be mindful of potential traffic impacts. Those traveling through the area should reduce speed and use caution.

This pilot program is one component of MassDOT’s larger effort to re-examine pavement markings on roadways throughout the state and make updates as needed to improve traffic flow and increase reliability. This effort incorporates traffic modeling as well as driver feedback and data after temporary changes have been implemented. Other examples of locations where pavement markings have been updated include the I-93 southbound/Route 3 interchange in Braintree, the I-90 eastbound/I-95 interchange in Weston, the I-95 northbound/I-90 interchange in Newton, and on I-84 westbound in Sturbridge.

Written By:

Tags:

Recent Posts

MassDOT Awards Contract for a New Shared-Use Path Connection in Mattapoisett posted on Feb 14

MassDOT Awards Contract for a New Shared-Use Path Connection in Mattapoisett

MassDOT and State Representative Bill Straus (D-Mattapoisett), House Chair of the Transportation Committee, announced that today a contract was signed for the construction of the second phase of a shared-use path in Mattapoisett. The award of the $7 million contract was made public by Highway   …Continue Reading MassDOT Awards Contract for a New Shared-Use Path Connection in Mattapoisett

MassDOT Encourages Presidents’ Day Travelers to Plan Ahead posted on Feb 14

MassDOT Encourages Presidents' Day Travelers to Plan Ahead

MassDOT is advising members of the public traveling during the next several days to plan ahead, take advantage of MassDOT’s many travel “real time” tools and consider using public transportation this coming weekend if possible. The public should note that Monday, February 18, is a   …Continue Reading MassDOT Encourages Presidents’ Day Travelers to Plan Ahead

2019 State Employment Career Fair: April 5th posted on Feb 13

2019 State Employment Career Fair: April 5th

Save the Date and register to attend the 2019 State Employment Career Fair for job seekers with disabilities, scheduled as follows: Friday, April 5, 10am-1pm, State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor, Boston. The Career Fair is hosted by MassDOT, Mass Office on Disability,   …Continue Reading 2019 State Employment Career Fair: April 5th