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Green Line Extension: June Workshops

Posted by Kate Fichter, Green Line Extension Project Manager

We wanted to take the opportunity to update you on the dates and locations of the upcoming Station Design Workshops. Please note that some of the information has changed since the original announcement. These workshops will provide you with an opportunity to participate in the design of the future Green Line Extension stations in a hands-on, interactive way. Please join us to share your vision for the future stations on the evenings listed on the complete blog post.

As always, if you have any questions on the project, you can email Kate Fichter.

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:

Wednesday, June 15, Westborough High School
90 West Main Street

Tuesday, June 21, Boxborough Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place

View the complete 495/MetroWest blog post

The Road to Reform

Medford I-93: 1st Weekend Bridge Replacement This Weekend

The first rapid bridge superstructure replacements on I-93 in Medford as part of the 93Fast14 project begins tonight, Friday, June 3rd at 8:00 PM through Monday, June 6th at 5:00 AM. The first location involves the bridge on I-93 north over Riverside Avenue.

Throughout the course of the weekend, traffic on I-93 will be limited to two lanes in each direction over a 6 mile segment between Exit 28 (Sullivan Square) in Somerville and Exit 36 (Montvale Avenue) in Stoneham. Traffic on I-93 north will be directed through a median crossover near the Somerville/Medford line and then travel in counter-flow operation on the southbound barrel of the highway before traveling through a second median crossover near Spot Pond in Stoneham. I-93 directional traffic will be separated by a moveable “zipper lane” barrier. Access to and from many of the ramps on I-93 north in this area will be restricted.

MassDOT strongly advises drivers to plan their travel routes and times carefully and to use alternate routes or public transportation to avoid this area if possible. Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the duration of the weekend, particularly during daytime and early evening hours. MassDOT strongly recommends drivers that do not have a destination in the Medford/Downtown Boston area use alternate routes [I-495, I-95 (Route 128), Route 1 and I-90] to avoid the construction area.

The $98.1 million project to replace these fourteen bridge superstructures in Medford is funded through the Patrick-Murray Administration’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program, a $3 billion recovery effort to reduce the Commonwealth’s backlog of structurally-deficient bridges.

For more information or to sign up to receive future updates and schedule information, visit the project’s website at

Chelsea Street Bridge Closure

The signature $125 million Chelsea Street Bridge project this week moved into its next critical phase with demolition of the existing bridge and construction of the remaining portions of the new lift structure.

To allow for the work, beginning on Wednesday June 1st and continuing through Thursday, December 1st, the Chelsea Street bridge over Chelsea Creek at the Boston/Chelsea line is closed.

The navigable channel beneath the bridge will remain open throughout the six-month closure period, except when approved by the Coast Guard. Channel closures will be coordinated through the Coast Guard and broadcast to mariners on Coast Guard Notices.

Detours will be in place.

The Chelsea Street Bridge project involves the replacement of a truss-type structure that spans 450 feet and will provide 175 feet of vertical clearance when raised. The new bridge will provide for four lanes of traffic two pedestrian sidewalks. The project is scheduled to be completed in spring 2012.

Grand Junction Commuter Rail Feasibility Public Meeting



MassDOT invites all interested stakeholders to a community meeting to discuss progress on the Grand Junction Commuter Rail Feasibility Study. The meeting will be held as follows:

Thursday, June 16, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Morse School – Auditorium
40 Granite Street, Cambridge

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss an ongoing study of the potential use of the Grand Junction Railroad for supplemental MBTA Commuter Rail service to Cambridge and North Station.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recently purchased Grand Junction Railroad from CSX Transportation in order to preserve this valuable corridor for transportation use. MassDOT is evaluating the feasibility, benefits, and impacts of running a branch of the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail line from Allston, through Cambridge and Somerville, to North Station in Boston.

MassDOT staff members will discuss existing and future conditions along the corridor, other proposed uses of the corridor, proposed alternatives to be evaluated, and environmental review. MassDOT will hold a community meeting in fall 2011 to present the results of the evaluated alternatives.

For more information, or to request alternative language or other special accommodation, please contact Matthew Ciborowski at, (617) 973-7180.

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.