Posted by Shoukry Elnahal, MassDOT Deputy Chief Engineer, Bridges & Tunnels
MassDOT held a well-attended public hearing on March 18 at the Chatham Community Center, in which our design team presented design plans for the replacement of the Mitchell River Bridge and listened to comments and answered questions from community members. The plans we presented included a number of features to help the bridge blend in with its surroundings including timber and stone cladding, and a timber railing and walkway. The design team also presented a number of traffic calming measures.
A number of people at the meeting voiced their concerns about the type of structure presented, the width of the roadway and the proposed type of bridge deck, and how they may potentially encourage speeding. Many people asked that we continue to pursue the use of alternative bridge deck materials. I will follow through with the promise I made to the audience to re-evaluate the bridge width and deck materials.
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