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.
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