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Longfellow Bridge Public Meeting

MassDOT has scheduled a Public Information meeting on the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project for:
Monday, April 11, 2011, 6:30-8:30 PM
Shriners Hospitals for Children, Auditorium
51 Blossom Street, Boston

The purpose of this meeting is to provide a quarterly project update on the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project, a signature project of the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair deficient bridges.

MassDOT has undertaken this major project to restore and rehabilitate the historic Longfellow Bridge, which crosses the Charles River between Cambridge and Boston, as one of the Charles River Basin Projects. Following the presentation, MassDOT staff will lead a discussion to gather public comments and answer questions.

Green Line Extension Public Meeting

A second public meeting about extending the Green Line to Mystic Valley Parkway is set for:
Wednesday, March 30, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
51 Winthrop Street, Medford.

The meeting hosted by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and funded by MassDOT will examine the effects of a potential Mystic Valley Parkway station on the planned Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford.

The Road to Reform

South Coast Rail: Preferred Route

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the South Coast Rail project, and MassDOT has adopted the Corps’ document as the state-required Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). In the document, MassDOT identifies the Stoughton rail alternative as its preferred route for providing the best transportation, environmental and smart growth benefits.

The DEIS/DIER release is the culmination of nearly four years of coordination between MassDOT, the Corps, and 10 other state and federal agencies. The DEIS/DEIR is a combined federal and state document that compares eight alternatives for restoring public transit service to the cities of Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford. The document provides information on the transportation benefits of each of these alternatives and the potential impacts of the alternatives on noise, wetlands, rare species, air quality and other social, historic and environmental resources.

MassDOT has identified the Stoughton family of alternatives as its preferred corridor in the Preface to the document. The Corps will not determine the permittable route until later in the environmental process.

After the public comment period has closed on May 27, 2011, the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs will outline a scope of work for the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). The Corps and MassDOT plan to continue coordinating their efforts on the project to produce a combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIS/FEIR).

The DEIS/DEIR is available at local libraries throughout the South Coast region and by request from MassDOT.

The South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan estimates the South Coast Rail project will stimulate nearly $500 million in new economic activity each year, while creating at least 3,500 net long-term jobs by 2030, with two-thirds of those jobs in the region. Construction of the rail project will generate an additional 7,000 to 8,000 jobs.

Learn more online at the South Coast Rail project website at www.mass.gov/southcoastrail


MassWorks Grant: Plympton Sysco Expansion

The Patrick-Murray Administration this week announced a $922,620 MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant that will support the relocation of Sysco to a new, expanded facility in Plympton.

The Town of Plympton will use the state funds to make roadway improvements along Spring Street to facilitate Sysco’s move. Sysco has already contributed $75,000 to the design of the improvements and is set to invest more than $100 million to complete its expansion. The company had searched for a new location, including several sites out of state, after determining that its existing facility in Norton was not suitable for expansion.

Construction on the road is scheduled to begin in spring 2011. Sysco is expected to close on the property in April and begin private construction this spring. This project will help create 75 new jobs, retain 852 existing jobs and leverage more than $100 million in private investment.


MBTA Puts the "T" on Maryland Locomotive

The Patrick-Murray Administration in 2010 launched the MassWorks Infrastructure Program as a one-stop shop for municipalities seeking public infrastructure funding. The program consolidates six existing infrastructure programs, each aimed at supporting job creation and economic development, to provide increased efficiency, service, and communication when cities and towns apply for infrastructure grants and resources. This approach has reduced duplication, improved accountability, and provided for the most effective management of state resources.

The MassWorks Infrastructure Program consolidates six grant programs: Public Works Economic Development Grant (PWED), Community Development Action Grant (CDAG), Growth District Initiative (GDI) Grant, Massachusetts Opportunity Relocation and Expansion Program (MORE), Small Town Rural Assistance Program (STRAP) and the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Grant Program.

To learn more about the MassWorks Infrastructure Program and how it is supporting job growth and long term, sustainable economic development, please visit: www.mass.gov/eohed/infrastructure.


MassDOT April Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, April 6, 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.