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Green Line Extension Workshops

Posted by Kate Fichter, Green Line Extension Project Manager

MassDOT and the MBTA are hosting two educational public meetings in support of the Green Line Extension project. The presentations at the two meetings will be the same. The meetings will outline the guidelines and requirements used by the MBTA to design successful stations.

September 28
Argenziano School (Cafetorium),
290 Washington Street
Somerville

September 29
Medford City Hall (Council Chambers),
85 George P. Hassett Drive,
Medford

Each meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with an "Introduction to the Green Line" presentation. New material will be presented starting at 6:15 pm.

Find more information about the Green Line Extension project, including information about upcoming public meetings. Should you have any questions, please contact Kate Fichter by email, Project Manager for the Green Line Extension.

Army Corps: Bourne Bridge Travel Restrictions

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced lane restrictions for the Bourne Bridge over the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne beginning next week and continuing through early December 2010. The restrictions will be in place to allow bridge deck repairs and paving.

Message boards, located at both approaches to the Bourne Bridge, will keep motorists advised of work efforts. Also, fixed signage will be installed at all approach roads to the Bourne Bridge, alerting motorists to the bridge work and associated travel restrictions. Check the Army Corps Cape Cod Canal website for the work status, lane shifts, and other schedule changes.

Weekend Farmers Markets

MassDOT's annual Farmer's Market Program continues through fall 2010.

This weekend's Farmers Markets include:

  • Lee East on Saturday & Sunday from 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM.
  • Charlton West on Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 4 PM.
  • Charlton East on Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 9 AM - 4 PM.
  • Framingham on Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10 AM - 4 PM.

Local farmers or customers who want more information are asked to contact program coordinator Dave Fenton at dave.fenton@state.ma.us or 413-572-3171.

The Road to Reform

MassDOT Reminder: Safe Driving Law

Governor Deval Patrick in July signed legislation that bans text-messaging for all Massachusetts drivers, prohibits junior operators from using cell phones and institutes new license renewal procedures for mature drivers, among other provisions. The Safe Driving Law becomes effective in Massachusetts next week on September 30. The law creates a series of new violations, which the RMV Division, MassDOT IT staff and the Merit Rating Board are working to program and implement.

These new violations include:

1. - Use of a Mobile Phone by a Junior Operator, Civil Offense.
Reporting an emergency is the only exception. Drivers are encouraged to pull over and stop the vehicle to report the emergency.

2. - Use of a Mobile Phone by a Public Transport Motor Vehicle Operator, Civil Offense

3. - Use of a Mobile Phone by a Public Transport Non-Motor Vehicle Operator, (MBTA Trolley)

4. - Improper Use of a Mobile Phone by Operators 18 and Over, Civil Offense-No insurance surcharge.
One hand must be on the steering wheel at all times and no use of device can interfere with driving.

5. - Sending/Reading Text Messages, Civil Offense.

Visit the MassDOT RMV website to learn more: www.massdot.state.ma.us/rmv/SafeDrivingLawSummary.aspx


Longfellow Bridge Public Meeting

A Public Information Meeting for the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project is set for:

Wednesday, October 6, 6:30-8:30 PM
Shriners Hospitals for Children, Auditorium
51 Blossom Street, Boston


MassDOT staff will provide a project update and answer questions.

MassDOT has been working with the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Task Force since June 2010 to ensure stakeholders are given an equal opportunity to comment on the final approach and roadway cross-section of the bridge, with particular focus on serving transit, roadway, bicycle and pedestrian needs effectively and safely. Upon completion of the series of Task Force meetings in October 2010, MassDOT will amend the Environmental Assessment and file with the Federal Highway Administration in November 2010.

The Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation is a signature project funded by Governor Patrick's eight-year, $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program to repair deficient and obsolete bridges across the Commonwealth.

The Longfellow project is the largest of several investments totaling more than $300 million in rebuilding the bridges along the Charles River Basin, including the BU Bridge, Craigie Drawbridge, and the Western Avenue, River Street, and Anderson Memorial Bridges. If you have questions or would like more information about the project, please contact Mike ODowd, MassDOT Project Manager, at 617-973-7475. To be added to the project distribution list, please contact Stephanie Boundy at 617-973-8049 or stephanie.boundy@state.ma.us.


MBTA Copley Station Rebuild Nears Completion

The MBTA reconstruction of Copley Station is well on its way to completion.

As part of the project to install elevators and make Copley Station fully accessible, work crews are also restoring the historic subway station entrance in front of the Boston Public Library to its original turn of the 20th century elegance.

As part of the restoration, blacksmiths/craftsmen at DeAngelis Iron Works in South Easton are refurbishing/recasting the ornate exterior elements of the head house and then shipping them to the job site for installation.

The new and improved Copley Station opens at the end of next month.


MassDOT Team Speeds Lee Road Repairs

The unified MassDOT team this month completed timely and critical improvements in the Berkshires along nearly one mile of Interstate 90 in Lee.

The milling and paving of 4,440 feet of roadway was completed on time and budget and represented a team effort- bringing together crews from the Auburn, Warren, Lee, and Blandford depots. Congratulations to all crews for improving one of the Commonwealth's most important roadways to enhance safe and convenient travel.

Additional paving in the Blandford area of the Berkshires is planned for the next few weeks, just one among dozens of critical road maintenance projects ongoing through the fall construction season in all MassDOT from the Berkshires to Boston.


MassDOT Board October Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next public business meeting on Wednesday, October 6, 1:00pm, at the Brockton City Hall, in the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Room, 45 School Street, Brockton. The MBTA Board will meet first at 1pm, followed by the MassDOT Board. All meetings are open to the public.

The meeting schedule is available on the MassDOT website.