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Mass Ave Bridge over Commonwealth AveMassDOT has scheduled a Design Public Hearing for the proposed Massachusetts Avenue Bridge over Commonwealth Avenue Project in Boston as follows:

Boston Central Library, Commonwealth Salon, 700 Boylston Street, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6:30PM-8:00PM

The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Massachusetts Avenue over Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation project. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.

The proposed project consists of replacement of the bridge carrying Massachusetts Avenue Over Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay, Boston. The work is planned to be performed using accelerated bridge construction techniques during a long weekend in the summer of 2016. Leading up to the bridge replacement weekend, utilities will be relocated off the bridge in 2015 and early 2016. The existing walls along Commonwealth Avenue will be repaired and reconstructed. The completed project maintains existing bike lanes on Massachusetts Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The City of Boston is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing.

Plans will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions regarding this project. A project handout will be made available.

Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Bridge Project Management, Project File No. 600867. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed to dot.feedback.highway@state.ma.us

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