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.
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