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.
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel
MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed posted on May 24
Effective immediately, hoverboards are prohibited on all MBTA property, including stations, buses, subways, trains, and commuter boats. MBTA subway and bus personnel, along with Keolis Commuter Rail staff have been informed that customers with hoverboards shall not be permitted to bring such devices into MBTA …Continue Reading MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed
MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement posted on May 24
Frank DePaola, P.E., who has served as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) since February 2015, announced to staff that he plans to retire after his current appointment expires on June 30. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack thanked DePaola in a letter …Continue Reading MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement