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Neponset River Bridge Project Update

Work continues in Quincy-Boston on Phase II of the Neponset River Bridge project, funded by the Patrick-Murray Administration's Accelerated Bridge Program to repair structurally deficient bridges across the Commonwealth.

As part of the work, effective February 1 the ramp from Quincy Shore Drive to Hancock Street- the area of Neponset River Landing beneath the Neponset River Bridge- will close to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Read the full Neponset Bridge Project Update blog entry.

Winter Impact: Airports

Snow removal is an essential transportation operation not just on Massachusetts roads and bridges and at Logan Airport.

MassDOT Aeronautics Administrator Christopher Willenborg reminds us that it is also an urgent matter at Commonwealth general aviation airports such as Westfield-Barnes Airport, with operations underway this morning, at left.

Read the full Winter Impact: Airports blog entry.

The Road to Reform

Mullan Elected Massport Board Chair

The Massachusetts Port Authority Board has unanimously elected MassDOT Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan to head the seven-member board which oversees Massport, a financially independent authority which owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, the public container and cruise terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, Worcester Regional Airport as well as real estate holdings and public parks in South Boston and East Boston.

Members of the Board are chosen by the Governor. The Transportation Secretary, by statute, is an ex officio member. The other members serve staggered seven year terms. The board members are not paid for their service to Massport. Mullan, who has been a Board Member since 2009, will replace John Quelch as Chairman. Quelch served for nearly nine years and resigned to become Dean of the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai.

Two board members, appointed by Gov. Patrick last month, sat on the board for the first time today. Michael Angelini is a partner in the law firm of Bowditch & Dewey and has been called upon by the American Arbitration Association to mediate disputes. Douglas Husid is a partner at Goulston & Storrs with expertise in real estate development, public and private finance, statutory, regulatory and financing issues in the transportation field.

Boston Logan serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 71 domestic and 29 international destinations and in 2010 handled 27.4 million passengers. Boston Logan is the Air Line Pilot Association’s Airport of the Year for 2008 because of its commitment to safety. Over the past decade, the airport spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has been transformed into a world-class 21st Century facility. The airport generates $7 billion in total economic impact each year.


MBTA "Real-Time" Information One-Stop Shop

The MBTA reminds riders commuting in winter weather who have smartphones to consider using one of the many "real-time" applications now available to track bus, train, and subway arrival times and locations.

Since MBTA began releasing real-time and schedule data, developers have been busy building innovative applications that make riding the T easier.

In addition to Service Alerts available at MBTA.com, these applications available for web, cell phone and smartphone give you the information you need to get around the system.

On the MBTA website App Showcase page you will find some of the many applications built by developers.

You can also find applications by searching "MBTA" in your phone’s app store.


Winter Storm Response

MassDOT again this week dispatched crews statewide to clear state roadways following the early morning winter snow. Most of the approximately 4,000 pieces of equipment representing hired crews and hundreds of MassDOT employees opened state roadways successfully by mid-morning.

As always, MassDOT urges everyone to check before traveling, drive safely and cautiously, and use public transportation where possible.

Before you drive, please check our online traffic cameras for live conditions on major roadways: www.mass.gov/511/cameras

We invite you to review MassDOT’s winter driving tips.

Visit the MBTA online for the latest schedules and service advisories.


MassDOT Board February Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, February 2, 1:00pm, MBTA Board Room, Suite 3910, State Transportation Building, Boston.

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.