Wednesday, June 11th, 6:00–8:00 p.m., 3rd Floor Meeting Room, New Bedford Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street
The study will address short-term and long-term transportation issues along Route 6 between County Street in the City of New Bedford and Adams Street in the Town of Fairhaven, including the potential replacement of the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge.
The existing New Bedford/Fairhaven Bridge is a system of three bridges that connects the mainland across two mid-harbor islands (Fish Island and Pope’s Island). The central swing span erected in 1901 is scheduled to open thirteen times a day to allow boats to pass through into the northern harbor area often resulting in 20-minute delays for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrian traveling along Route 6 between New Bedford and Fairhaven. The swing span suffers from long-term deterioration despite extensive maintenance repairs over the years.
The swing span bridge is a constraint for marine traffic, and according to the 2010 New Bedford-Fairhaven Municipal Harbor Plan, the future development of harbor activities north of Route 6 envisions expanded commercial use but is limited by the clearances and associated openings of the existing swing span bridge. The study will examine the maritime needs of the harbor, economic development opportunities in the port area, and improvements that would support access to the future Whale’s Tooth commuter rail station.
The first of three informational meetings will provide an opportunity to learn about MassDOT’s planning study process and goals and to solicit input. The meeting presentation will also include work completed to-date, and summarize existing conditions and identify problems, constraints, and opportunities along the Study Corridor.
To learn more, contact: Jill Barrett, email@example.com or (860) 570-0740. Portuguese and Spanish language interpretation services will be provided at the meeting. For more information: www.mass.gov/massdot/newbedfordstudy/
Longfellow Bridge: Next Stage of Construction to Begin in August posted on Jul 22
MassDOT’s contractor is scheduled to begin the next stage of construction on the Longfellow Bridge in August 2016 now that the MBTA Red Line trains have been moved to their new locations. In this stage, bridge rehabilitation work will occur under the MBTA outbound track. …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge: Next Stage of Construction to Begin in August
Maynard: Assabet River Rail Trail to Connect with MBTA Station posted on Jul 21
MassDOT Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin today joined local legislators to break ground on the Assabet River Rail Trail construction project in Maynard. The $6.7 million project links the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge with the downtown Maynard business district as well as the MBTA South …Continue Reading Maynard: Assabet River Rail Trail to Connect with MBTA Station
Coming Soon: Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations posted on Jul 20
MassDOT has announced that “Fast Charging” Stations for Electric Vehicles will be available at I-90 Service Plazas beginning later this year. Depending upon the electric vehicle and the state of its current charge, the stations will charge an electric vehicle to at least 80% power …Continue Reading Coming Soon: Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations