MassHighway announced the newly-refurbished, historic Bissell Covered Bridge has reopened to traffic. The 59-year old Bissell Bridge carrying Route 8A over Mill Brook in the Town of Charlemont is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the second covered bridge structure at this location and has been open only to foot traffic since a temporary bridge was constructed in 1995.
A nearly two-year, $3 million rehabilitation preserved the historic character of the structurally deficient wooden covered bridge, including partial dismantling the bridge superstructure and inspection of the individual timber members for rot; construction of new abutment back walls and concrete approach slabs; replacement of floor trusses, decking, and bridge railings; and installation of tension reinforcing steel rods. A fire protection system for the timber structure was installed.
MBTA: New Locomotive Now in Service posted on Apr 16
MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott today at Boston North Station welcomed the first of 40 new Commuter Rail locomotives as it was placed into service on the Haverhill Line. To replace existing locomotives between 35 and 40 years old, the MBTA is procuring forty …Continue Reading MBTA: New Locomotive Now in Service
Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel posted on Apr 16
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead, travel safely, and use public transportation where possible during the upcoming holiday weekend. Heavy traffic is expected due to Easter Sunday observances and Patriot’s Day/Marathon Monday, April 21. The heaviest traffic congestion on I-90 during busy holiday weekends is …Continue Reading Plan Ahead: Holiday Weekend Travel
Freight Rail Grants Announced posted on Apr 14
The Patrick Administration today announced the awarding of seven grants totaling $2.5 million for industrial rail projects as part of the 2014 Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP). The IRAP funding for the seven projects is being matched by more than $1.9 million in private sector …Continue Reading Freight Rail Grants Announced