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Police Officer Graduation Ceremony

MassDOT Secretary Mullan and MBTA General Manager Davey joined Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan at the annual Municipal Police Officer’s Class Graduation held at Faneuil Hall. The 61 graduates honored are joining 32 police departments, including 10 joining the MBTA Transit Police. The T Police Honor Guard and Irish American Association Pipes & Drums took part in the ceremonies.

View the complete Graduation Ceremony blog post

New Honors for World War I Veteran

The story of a lost plaque honoring a Chicopee World War I veteran and the work to restore the memorial brought Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, Rep. Joseph Wagner, and Rep. Sean Curran along with family members to a special bridge plaque rededication ceremony April 14 in Chicopee. Thomas Francis Deady of Chicopee Falls was killed in action in April 1918 while serving his country during World War I in France. He was the first Chicopee Falls resident to die in the Great War.

View the complete New Honors blog post

The Road to Reform

Craigie Drawbridge Lanes Reopen Tuesday

MassDOT will reopen the two inbound travel lanes on Route 28 southbound at the intersection of Land Boulevard in Cambridge on Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 am. The southbound (inbound) lanes were closed in January as part of Phase II of the Craigie Drawbridge Rehabilitation Project and are reopening on schedule. The Charles River Channel will also reopen to all marine traffic on Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00 am.

Starting in November 2010 through April 2011, the contractor successfully completed a 24/7 rapid replacement of the Craigie Drawbridge as required by United States Coast Guard permit, with night construction in January seen at left.

The final phase of this project includes streetscape work and landscaping. During the work, there will be lane restrictions on Route 28 northbound and southbound in the vicinity of the bridge during off-peak hours. The project will be complete by August 2011.

The Craigie Drawbridge carries McGrath O’Brien Highway (Route 28) between Land Blvd. in Cambridge and Leverett Circle in Boston. The Craigie Drawbridge Rehabilitation Project is part of the Patrick – Murray Administration’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair structurally deficient bridges, including historic bridges along the Charles River. Learn more about the Charles River Bridges projects


Westfield Bridge Project Progress

MassDOT contractors are making major progress on the critical Great River Bridge project in Westfield. The $57 million project is building a new three-lane bridge carrying Route 10/202 over the Westfield River, while reconstructing the existing three-lane bridge.

The new bridge seen here is located 150 feet east of the existing bridge and is now complete and carrying all traffic. Work continues on the existing bridge.

When the project is complete in fall 2011, each bridge will carry one-way traffic, easing traffic congestion on Route 10/202. The single original bridge is one of only two crossings over the Westfield River within the city and a major transportation artery, carrying more than 33,000 vehicles daily.

The project also includes increased clearance beneath a railroad viaduct, which will end an existing bottleneck that causes truck detours, along with a riverfront park and expanded municipal parking.


Green Line Extension Design Group Meeting


by Kate Fichter, Green Line Extension Project Manager

The next meeting of the Green Line Extension Design Working Group will take place:
Thursday, May 26th,
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm,
51 Winthrop Street, Medford

The building can be reached via MBTA bus routes 80, 94, and 96. Parking is available on Boston Avenue along Capen Street Extension, in the Dowling Parking Garage and surface lots near Miller Hall and Hill Hall (Tufts University buildings). Accessible parking is available next to the building. For language or access accommodations, please contact Beverley Johnson at 617-296-7003 or bevco1@gmail.com at least one week before the event.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting. Public seating will be available on a first-come/first-served basis and public comments will be accepted for a limited time at the end of each meeting.

In addition, please note that we have just completed a new, in-depth analysis of the viability of incorporating a light rail vehicle support facility into the current site of the Boston Engine Terminal. The analysis, which was prepared by MassDOT and the MBTA, will shortly be available on the project website.

More information about the project can be found on the
Green Line Extension website

As always, if you have any questions on the project, you can send an email to katherine.fichter@state.ma.us


MassDOT May Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, May 4, 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.