In October 2011 MassDOT's Accelerated Bridge Program received AASHTO’s Francis B. Francois Award for Innovation. The award winner each year is a state transportation department that has implemented an outstanding innovative program.
AASHTO cited as an example of innovation MassDOT’s groundbreaking “93Fast14” project that replaced 14 bridges on Interstate 93 in Medford during 10 weekends in June, July, and August. The project used prefabricated bridge sections and completed bridge replacements between Friday evening and Monday morning each weekend to minimize traffic disruption.
By accepting the award, MassDOT received a $10,000 graduate fellowship for a state university student or students pursuing a transportation-related degree.
After careful consideration, MassDOT has decided to award graduate fellowships of $1,000 to ten successful applicants. Fellowship winners will receive a certificate presented at a MassDOT hosted event along with their financial award.
Fellowship candidates must be currently enrolled in graduate studies or have a letter of acceptance to a graduate program at a state university. Application and requirements are posted on the MassDOT website. The application deadline is April 30, 2012.
Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule posted on Aug 19
MassDOT announced the successful opening of the new Morton Street Bridge in Mattapan more than a full day ahead of the already accelerated schedule. The original structurally deficient bridge carrying Morton Street over the MBTA commuter rail tracks closed on Friday, August 8 for final …Continue Reading Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule
Berkley: Padelford Street Bridge Opens posted on Aug 18
MassDOT’s Highway Division Administrator Frank DePaola today joined state and local officials in celebrating the opening of the new Padelford Street Bridge in Berkley. The $5.65 million project used fast track “Design Build” rapid construction techniques to replace the bridge structure. The result: a limited …Continue Reading Berkley: Padelford Street Bridge Opens
MassDOT Infra-Space Program Seeks Ideas posted on Aug 15
MassDOT has announced creation of the “Infra-Space” Program to identify areas under elevated roads, bridges or viaducts for possible redevelopment opportunities. The Infra-Space program follows the successful ongoing development of a parking facility, multi-modal path, and adjustable ornamental light displays under a large elevated portion …Continue Reading MassDOT Infra-Space Program Seeks Ideas