Post Content

Route 2 Charlemont-Savoy Repairs, October 18, 2011MassDOT's Route 2 Hurricane Irene Emergency Repairs Project has been named a 2012 Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA), a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 28,500 members involved in the field of public works.

MassDOT's Highway Division and primary contractors JX Maxymillian, Inc., Northern Construction, ET&L Corp., and R. Bates & Sons received the honors.  MassDOT's Project of the Year award is in the Disasters/Emergency Construction/Repair category.  

The 2011 Hurricane Irene Repairs Project reconstructed Route 2 following floodwaters’ extreme damage in the towns of North Adams, Florida, Savoy, and Charlemont.  The storm damaged bridges, destabilized embankments, washed out pavement, and covered roads with dirt and storm debris.   Route 2 was closed from mile marker 21.6 in Florida to mile marker 27.4 in Charlemont, and portions were reduced to one lane with only a temporary signal that allowed alternating traffic.

MassDOT engineers mobilized immediately by assessing damage, designing repairs, and developing emergency repair work orders. The first contractor, J.H. Maxymillian, began to clear the roadway and within weeks contractors were working to stabilize and repair slopes and retaining walls. By mid-November, MassDOT had advanced the bridge project, including slope repairs adjacent to the bridge.

Just 110 days after the storm, all portions of Route 2 were reopened to traffic. MassDOT provided frequent public outreach activities to keep the public informed of road conditions and the construction schedule.

According to APWA, "the outstanding accomplishment of the Hurricane Irene Repairs Project was its completion in a short amount of time. MassDOT had accelerated the design of repairs and the procurement to get crews started right away. Four crews worked around the clock as needed to get the work done as soon as possible. MassDOT and the contractors completed the work on schedule despite an unusual October snowstorm that dumped two feet of heavy snow on the area."

The APWA Public Works Projects of the Year awards are presented each year to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Worcester: Belmont Street Bridge Opens posted on Mar 23

Worcester: Belmont Street Bridge Opens

MassDOT has announced that the Belmont Street Bridge that carries Route 9 over Interstate 290 in Worcester is now open to its permanent configuration. The bridge now features two eastbound lanes toward Shrewsbury, two westbound lanes toward Lincoln Square and a newly-added, left-turn lane through   …Continue Reading Worcester: Belmont Street Bridge Opens

Highway Assistance Patrol Program: MAPFRE Sponsorship Extension posted on Mar 23

Highway Assistance Patrol Program: MAPFRE Sponsorship Extension

MassDOT is pleased to announce an agreement to extend MAPFRE Insurance’s sponsorship of the Highway Assistance Patrol program (HAP) through March 2018. This extension marks the 15th year of partnership between MassDOT and MAPFRE in providing excellent customer service and safe, quick clearance on the   …Continue Reading Highway Assistance Patrol Program: MAPFRE Sponsorship Extension

South Coast Rail: Notice of Project Change posted on Mar 22

South Coast Rail: Notice of Project Change

The Baker-Polito Administration’s Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has filed a Notice of Project Change (NPC) for the South Coast Rail (SCR) Project with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office on March 15, 2017. The Notice advances South Coast Rail as a phased project that   …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Notice of Project Change