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2011 Farmer's Markets Begin Friday, May 20
MassDOT's annual Farmer’s Market Program will begin Friday. The first weekend Farmer’s Markets kick off Friday May 20th, 10am-4pm, at the Charlton East Service Plaza, with stands set up by Frank and Kay Magrone of Shaker Kitchen in Athol and Kevin Nimtz of Prairie Orchard’s. In addition on Friday, May 20 at the Charlton West Service Plaza and the Framingham Service Plaza, Mark Lamoureux of Palmer will be selling local honey.
Farmers already are signed up this season at the following Service Plazas: Charlton East & West, Lee East, Framingham and Plymouth. Local farmers who want more information are asked to contact Dave Fenton by email or by phone at 413-572-3171.
495/MetroWest Public Forums Set
The Patrick-Murray Administration's Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development is partnering with Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the MetroWest Regional Collaborative, the 495/MetroWest Partnership, and Mass Audubon to engage the 495/MetroWest region in preparing a comprehensive land use and development plan.
The public is invited to contribute to the vision for the 495/Metrowest region at two upcoming public forums:
The Road to Reform
Wellesley "Heavy Lift": Accelerated Bridge Program Success
Governor Deval Patrick this week joined MassDOT and local officials at the "Heavy Lift" project in Wellesley to highlight the Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair and replace structurally-deficient bridges across the Commonwealth. This "Heavy Lift" project will replace the entire Cedar Street Bridge over Route 9 over in a single weekend in July, and is one of the more than 450 road and bridge projects underway in Massachusetts during the 2011 construction season.
MassDOT contractors will complete the $4 million Cedar Street Bridge project using accelerated “design-build” bridge construction methods to build and install the replacement bridge superstructure.
The replacement superstructure is being built in the work area immediately northeast of the existing bridge and entirely outside of the roadway. Weather permitting, on Friday, July 1 at 10:00 PM, MassDOT will close the portion of Route 9 and Cedar Street within the work area, demolish the existing superstructure, and move the new replacement superstructure into place with special remote-controlled machines, all within a 72-hour time period. Detours will be in place during the process from July 1st at 10:00 pm till July 4th at 10:00 pm.
The Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP) is an unprecedented 8-year, $3 billion investment to rebuild structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts. The program has reduced the number of structurally deficient bridges by more than 15% from 543 to 458. Forty two ABP projects are complete, 69 are in progress, and 28 are scheduled to begin this year.
FY 2011's $931 million construction program includes $550 million in the Statewide Road and Bridge Program, $208 million in the Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program, and $173 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment funds. This funding builds on previous record annual investments and is nearly double the amount spent on infrastructure projects in 2007.
In calendar year 2010, MassDOT projects created or sustained an estimated 30,000 jobs, with that job creation trend expected to continue in 2011.
RMV Online: Registration Self-Print Service
MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles Registrar Rachel Kaprielian announced that Massachusetts drivers may now complete their online duplicate registrations in real time and print them out at home. RMV began offering this service in April and already more than 1,600 customers have printed out their own registration copy. Additionally, every customer knew immediately whether the RMV had approved the application for a duplicate registration.
The duplicate registration online home printout service is one of 19 new Internet transactions available at www.mass.gov/rmv which have increased customer traffic by 40%. In 2010 the RMV processed 132,664 duplicate registrations with 35,955 processed online. Customers need a MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express or electronic check in order to complete a transaction.
In addition to the real-time online duplicate registration service, customers can use the RMV website to order a new license and complete all the necessary paperwork, register as an organ tissue donor, book a road test and sign up for a free reminder service.
Tom Kinton's Legacy
I want to take an opportunity to recognize Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Tom Kinton, whose 35-year career of dedicated and distinguished public service to the Massachusetts Port Authority, and to the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will come to a close at the end of this month. This week’s Massport Board meeting is Tom’s last in his role as our Executive Director and CEO.
Like many of you, I have known and worked with Tom for over 20 years on issues large and small. In that time, I have come to know him as countless others in this industry have: a consummate professional with a well-earned reputation for excellence. Proud of his role as Massport’s first-ever "home-grown" CEO, Tom has, over his career, played a central role in the modernization of our transportation infrastructure that has transformed Logan Airport and the Port of Boston into the world-class facilities they are today. He has also been a leader in the unique and sensitive issues we have at Hanscom Field, and has been a great partner with us at the DOT by helping to implement the 2009 transportation reform law pursuant to which Massport yielded control of the Tobin Memorial Bridge, New England’s largest, and acquired title to Worcester Regional Airport. While his tenure at Massport draws to a close in the coming weeks, his invaluable service to Massachusetts will leave a legacy that he and the other employees at Massport can be proud of.
For all of that, on behalf of Governor Patrick and Lt. Governor Murray, on behalf of the current Board and the past Chairs of Massport over the past thirty-five years - James A. Fay, Bob Weinberg, Richard Giesser, Mark Robinson, and John Quelch, and on behalf of the men and women employed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, thank you Tom for your service and for your leadership, and we wish you the best in all your future endeavors.
MassDOT June Public Meeting
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, June 8, 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.
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