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.
MassDOT: Federal Emergency Management Agency Reimbursements posted on Feb 18
MassDOT has succeeded in recovering more than $21 million dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2016 for past disaster events. These are reimbursements for MassDOT operations and logistics during past federal government disaster declarations and the reimbursements have been deposited into the …Continue Reading MassDOT: Federal Emergency Management Agency Reimbursements
MassDOT to Expand Pothole Tracking Program posted on Feb 17
MassDOT has announced that it is in the process of expanding its new, innovative pothole information program which was piloted in areas of Central and Western Massachusetts over the past year and includes an online MassDOT Potholes Dashboard that provides data to the public. This …Continue Reading MassDOT to Expand Pothole Tracking Program
Baker-Polito Administration Announces First Municipal Small Bridge Program Awards posted on Feb 16
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, municipal leaders, and MassDOT officials today announced the first two awards through the Baker-Polito Administration’s Municipal Small Bridge Program. A ceremony was held in Lenox to award a total of $750,000 to the towns of Washington and Blandford for small bridge …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Announces First Municipal Small Bridge Program Awards