by Jeffrey B Mullan, Executive Director, Massachusetts Turnpike Authority
I can't be the only citizen of the Commonwealth who drives around wishing they had the foresight to invest in orange barrels. Construction on our roads has exploded this year – a direct result of the renewed investment in our roads and bridges initiated under Governor Patrick with the support of the legislature, including the Governor's $3 billion, eight-year Accelerated Bridge Program. A large number of backlogged projects are off the drawing board and into the ground. That's highly visible and represents smart investments in the future.
Less visible, but equally important, are the smaller maintenance projects that each of our transportation agencies are carrying out every day. Whether it is treadle repair at our toll booths, rebuilding our motor fleet at a fraction of the cost of buying new, catch basin cleaning on Morrissey Boulevard, the constant upkeep that is required to keep the Tobin Bridge in good condition, or any of the daily tasks that are conducted out of MassHighway's districts on our state highway system, transportation workers are out there keeping our roads and bridges safe. At the Pike, we have started an "MTA at Work" page to show people what we are doing with their tolls and tax payments. Soon, you will see similar information on EOT's website.
As we build the new MassDOT, it's important to show you the types of investments we are making in your transportation system. Check it out.
South Station Expansion: 1980s Renovation posted on Jan 31
The South Station Expansion project is about improving transportation service through more train tracks and redesigned platforms; upgraded switches, signals, and other infrastructure; and new passenger amenities. The proposed expansion will protect and prepare the station for future demand as other efforts have done over …Continue Reading South Station Expansion: 1980s Renovation
New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Public Meeting Set posted on Jan 29
MassDOT is conducting a study of the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Corridor, a bridge that spans New Bedford Harbor. The swing bridge connecting the communities of New Bedford and Fairhaven is functionally obsolete, constrains marine traffic, and its opening results in extensive vehicle delays. This study …Continue Reading New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Public Meeting Set
Winter Storm Update: Travel Ban Lifted, MBTA Open posted on Jan 28
The statewide travel ban has been lifted as of midnight. Motorists, especially those in the City of Boston and Eastern counties, are asked to use caution as MassDOT crews continue to plow and clear state roadways and ramps. Parking bans are still in effect in …Continue Reading Winter Storm Update: Travel Ban Lifted, MBTA Open