The Turnpike Authority and MassHighway are taking steps to coordinate traffic and emergency notification response. The new interagency coordination comes as Governor Deval Patrick on June 26 signed the transportation reform bill creating the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MassDOT, which will integrate MassHighway and the Turnpike into a new Highway Division. MassDOT becomes effective November 1.
The new interagency notification procedures will coordinate use of MassHighway and Turnpike employees and equipment responding to traffic and emergency situations.
The coordinated effort worked successfully on Friday, June 26, when a two-vehicle accident including a truck hanging over a guard rail on I-93 near Exit 28 in the Charlestown area caused a significant traffic back up. The back up was first observed by Turnpike operations control employees. The accident was on MassHighway roadway but near Turnpike property. The Turnpike notified MassHighway and both agencies responded with shared duties- MassHighway crews supporting clean up efforts on I-93 southbound while Turnpike crews joined Boston Fire Department crews on I-93 northbound. State Police Troopers E and H along with Boston Police were also involved in response to the accident.
The interagency response coordination is an example of the immediate, ongoing effort to integrate the Turnpike and MassHighway into one MassDOT Highway Division.
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