Four new Tow Plows, seen at left, allow one vehicle and driver to plow multiple lanes of Interstate highway, saving on crew and fuel costs.
Five new loaders purchased for the upcoming season will decrease the need for outside vendor loaders at highway depots.
MassDOT is increasing outside crew use of so-called Wing Plows, left below, which also plow and remove more snow from a wider portion of roadway, reducing the total pieces of equipment needed for snow and ice activities.
MassDOT has also added significantly to the number of crews using closed loop controllers, a computerized system that automatically adjusts the amount of salt or other materials applied to the roadway based on the speed of the truck and other factors. The result is a savings of up to 40% in the use of materials.
Overall, MassDOT estimates a reduction of 200 in the number of hired pieces of equipment needed. More than 4,000 pieces of MassDOT and hired equipment will be available for safe and efficient clearing of roads. MassDOT is coordinating closely on snow and ice operations with MBTA, MBCR commuter rail, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
In the Winter of 2010-2011, MassDOT efficiency and savings initiatives reduced the overall cost per inch of snowfall from $1.9 million to $1.3 million. MassDOT reconfigured snow and ice routes, added MassDOT employees while reducing the number of hired vendors, and used new procedures and incentives to reduce road salt usage while negotiating a new salt contract that reduced the price of salt from $71 per ton to $50/ton.
Thanksgiving: Travel Safely! posted on Nov 24
MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to check the latest winter weather forecast and plan ahead with the high volume of traffic on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected this year. Highways are typically busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before and on …Continue Reading Thanksgiving: Travel Safely!
South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward posted on Nov 24
Governor Deval Patrick today joined Acting MassDOT Secretary and CEO Frank DePaola and local officials to announce a contract award for the replacement of four bridges in New Bedford and Fall River along the future South Coast Rail Line. The improvements will advance South Coast …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced