Governor Deval Patrick today visited the MassDOT Highway Operations Center (HOC) to thank employees for their continuing role during the Blizzard of 2013. Operator stations and the MassDOT Storm Desk were manned 24/7 during blizzard. The Storm Desk is tasked with logging the equipment, personnel and snow plow vendors working to treat and clear highways across the Commonwealth. Before and during the height of the storm, the HOC worked to program highway message boards around the Commonwealth to provide critical travel information. Operators continue to monitor storm recovery operations and are dispatching snow removal crews and taking reports from the public on sections of highway still requiring attention.
The HOC is charged with detecting roadway incidents, receiving reports of roadway incidents, and coordinating traffic operations, maintenance and emergency response activities with MassDOT personnel and other agencies such as the State Police and local fire departments.
Thanksgiving: Travel Safely! posted on Nov 24
MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to check the latest winter weather forecast and plan ahead with the high volume of traffic on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected this year. Highways are typically busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before and on …Continue Reading Thanksgiving: Travel Safely!
South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward posted on Nov 24
Governor Deval Patrick today joined Acting MassDOT Secretary and CEO Frank DePaola and local officials to announce a contract award for the replacement of four bridges in New Bedford and Fall River along the future South Coast Rail Line. The improvements will advance South Coast …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced