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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $6.5 Million to Municipalities in Shared Streets and Spaces Program Funding Awards Posted on Jul 21

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $6.5 Million to Municipalities in Shared Streets and Spaces Program Funding Awards

Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Acting Transportation Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler and Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver in Dedham to announce the award of $6.5 million total to cities and towns which applied for funding from the Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program. The program provides technical and funding assistance to help Massachusetts municipalities conceive, design, and implement changes to curbs, streets, plazas, and parking areas in support of public health, safe mobility, renewed commerce, and community betterment.

MassDOT Announces Over $6 Million in Complete Streets Funding Program Awards Posted on Jul 20

MassDOT Announces Over $6 Million in Complete Streets Funding Program Awards

Today, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Acting Transportation Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler and Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver to announce $6.05 million in awards to 18 communities as part of round one of the Fiscal Year 2022 Complete Streets Funding Program. These grant awards will be used by recipient municipalities to fund local multimodal infrastructure projects that improve travel for bicyclists, pedestrians, public transit users, and people using other forms of transportation.

MassDOT Submits Federal Discretionary Funding Applications to Improve Multi-Modal Transportation Options Across the Commonwealth Posted on Jul 13

MassDOT Submits Federal Discretionary Funding Applications to Improve Multi-Modal Transportation Options Across the Commonwealth

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced today the submission of three federal grant applications to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to seek funding from a federal discretionary grant program to improve travel and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, rail and public transportation customers across the Commonwealth.

Acceler-8 I-90 Bridge Replacement Project Weekend Work Completed Ahead of Schedule Posted on Jul 12

Acceler-8 I-90 Bridge Replacement Project  Weekend Work Completed Ahead of Schedule

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is pleased to announce the I-90 westbound bridge replacements over Parkerville Road in Southborough and Flanders Road in Westborough, which began this past Friday night, have been completed ahead of schedule, and all I-90 and local road travel lanes reopened this morning at 2:20 a.m. The Acceler-8 I-90 Bridge Replacement Project is replacing 8 bridges over 8 weekends this summer between the Route 9 and I-495 interchanges.

July Fourth Holiday Weekend Posted on Jun 30

July Fourth Holiday Weekend

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is asking the public to plan ahead this Fourth of July, and to expect increased holiday travel. If driving, plan for trips utilizing MassDOT’s many “real time” travel tools, and if taking public transportation, to check holiday schedules in regard to your trip.

Dedicated Bus Lane Pilot Program on Mystic Avenue to Begin on Monday, June 21, 2021 Posted on Jun 21

Dedicated Bus Lane Pilot Program on Mystic Avenue to Begin on Monday, June 21, 2021

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Cities of Medford and Somerville announce the implementation of a pilot morning peak hour dedicated bus lane on Mystic Avenue. Painting and signage along the entire stretch – from Main Street in Medford to Wheatland Street in Somerville – was completed in early June, and the bus lane will officially become operational as of 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 21, 2021.

Transportation and Wildlife Officials Band Peregrine Falcon Chicks at the Gillis Bridge Nest Box Posted on Jun 16

Transportation and Wildlife Officials Band Peregrine Falcon Chicks at the Gillis Bridge Nest Box

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation, (MassDOT) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP), is announcing the successful banding of two male peregrine falcon chicks from a nesting box on the Gillis Bridge in Newburyport.

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Summer Road Safety Posted on Jun 10

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Summer Road Safety

Now that Massachusetts has lifted their COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates, this summer will surely be one to remember! After a year of being cooped up and unable to see family and friends, residents are eager to get to the beaches, concerts, and cook-outs while many may take to the highways for a much-needed road trip. Especially this summer, it’s important to remember that the summer months are the deadliest when it comes to traffic crashes or accidents. Preparing and planning ahead of time before any trip is worth it to prevent breakdowns or crashes.

MassDOT Announces Annual Safe Routes to School Awards Posted on Jun 3

MassDOT Announces Annual Safe Routes to School Awards

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), through the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program, conducted its annual Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Awards Ceremony virtually to recognize SRTS partner schools, community champions, and crossing guards in their efforts to allow and encourage students to safely walk, bike, and roll to school.

Track Improvement Operations on the Berkshire Line Railroad in Stockbridge Posted on May 27

Track Improvement Operations on the Berkshire Line Railroad in Stockbridge

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that it will be conducting railroad track improvements on the Berkshire Line in Stockbridge. The work will begin on Thursday, May 27, and is being conducted as part of the second phase of the Berkshire Line Track Improvement Project. The work along the railroad right of way will consist of installing new stone ballast, replacing six miles of jointed rail in Stockbridge with new continuously welded rail, replacing turnout switches, and maintaining bridges. The work will take place primarily during daytime hours, with some overnight work occurring during reconstruction operations for the Furnace Road railroad crossing.