MassPike crews showed teamwork and concern for the customers- the Pike motorists- as they joined the State Police and other state officials in a quick response to the overnight accident involving three tractor trailer trucks that spilled beef on the Turnpike near the Weston tolls eastbound.
Immediately following the 2:30am accident involving 3 tractor trailer trucks and a car, the Operations Control Center notified MassPike personnel. In a matter of minutes, 10 Pike maintenance workers were at the scene with two dump trucks, two loaders, and four other vehicles involved in clean-up and set up of message boards and cones to direct traffic.
State Police arrived with three troopers for traffic control and three truck team inspectors. The crews cleaned up the debris from the truck and beef spill and helped right the overturned vehicles. State Public Health representatives responded to check the status of the cargo.
At the same time, a toll supervisor worked with staff to make sure other booths prior were prepared for a higher volume of traffic and coordinate the decision by State Police to waive vehicles through the tolls during morning rush hour. Another 10 contracted tow truck workers also arrived to assist in the clean up.
By 7:15am, five lanes eastbound were open, and the incident was all clear by 9:30am. Thanks to the coordinated efforts and hours of hard work by more than two dozen public servants and others, a major accident and spill caused the least amount of inconvenience possible for MassPike commuters.
Worcester: Belmont Street Bridge Opens posted on Mar 23
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
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
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