The MassDOT Board today approved a a 99-year lease with the City of Peabody for a 2.7 mile segment of the former Newburyport Branch line. The City plans to build a multi-use trail along the unused rail corridor.
The lease agreement transfers maintenance of the property to Peabody, which will also dispose of the existing rail and ties. The MBTA reserves the right to reclaim the corridor should it be needed for a future transportation use.
The T has entered into 26 similar agreements with local cities and towns, resulting in nearly 100 miles of trails. The agreements enhance local environmental and recreational benefits while preserving rights of way for the Commonwealth’s future transportation needs.
Governor Patrick Signs “Boston Strong” License Plate Bill posted on Apr 18
Governor Deval Patrick today signed legislation creating a Massachusetts “Boston Strong” license plate. The legislation directs the Registry of Motor Vehicles to establish a license plate memorializing the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings adorned with the phrase “Boston Strong.” All proceeds from sales of …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Signs “Boston Strong” License Plate Bill
Whittier Bridge I-95 Update: River Boaters Notice posted on Apr 18
The Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project continues through the 2014 boating season. Much of the work this season to construct the new northbound span of the Whittier Bridge is taking place from the Merrimack River to the immediate east of the existing bridge. Several large barges, …Continue Reading Whittier Bridge I-95 Update: River Boaters Notice
Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set posted on Apr 17
Please join MassDOT at a public meeting for an update on construction progress on the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project, as follows: Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Heritage State Park Auditorium, 200 Davol Street, Fall River The meeting will include an opportunity …Continue Reading Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set