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Fitchburg "Bridge-in-a Backpack"

Governor Deval Patrick joined administration officials, local legislators and construction workers at the Scott Reservoir Outlet bridge project in Fitchburg to highlight the use of innovative "Bridge-in-a-Backpack" construction technology.

This site is the first in Massachusetts to use the innovative technique and Massachusetts is the second state in the country to see it deployed. The bridge project is funded by the the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally-deficient bridges across the Commonwealth.

View the complete "Bridge-in-a Backpack" blog post

Green Line Extension: June Workshops

Posted by Kate Fichter, Green Line Extension Project Manager

The next public meeting in support of the MAPC/MassDOT Green Line Extension Community Visioning Process will be on June 23, 2011 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm at 51 Winthrop Street in Medford.

During this fourth meeting, participants will be able to create a series of potential future land use scenarios -- with an evaluation of the positive benefits and negative impacts of each scenario -- for the Mystic Valley Parkway area. This work will help to inform MAPC's future recommendations about the Mystic Valley Parkway area to MassDOT and the cities of Medford and Somerville. Please RSVP to the meeting through the MAPC website. It is important to know the number of participants expected to attend the meeting so that the right number of resources can be made available.

View the complete GLX public meeting blog post

The Road to Reform

RMV Storm Response: Free Duplicate License, IDs

As part of its effort to assist victims of last week’s tornado, the Patrick-Murray Administration announced that Western Massachusetts residents who lost their driver’s license or Massachusetts ID in the storm can apply for a free duplicate at Registry of Motor Vehicles offices.

Governor Deval Patrick has directed that the RMV waive the $25 fee associated with duplicate IDs and license for residents living in the communities impacted by the storms. Residents in need of this service can visit their local RMV offices to obtain a duplicate. The RMV locations serving the impacted communities include Chicopee, Easthampton, Milford, Southbridge, Springfield and Worcester. The RMV will be offering this service through June 30.

Recognizing the extent of damage that the storm had across the impacted communities, Governor Patrick directed the RMV to provide this assistance to residents throughout the region.

Eligible communities include: Southbridge, West Springfield, Springfield, Brimfield, Monson, Wilbraham, Sturbridge, Westfield, Agawam, Auburn, Chester, Blandford, Montgomery, Russell, Holyoke, Chicopee, Ludlow, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Wales, Oxford, Brookfield, East Brookfield, Webster, Holden, Southampton, Easthampton, Hampden, Charlton, Douglas, Millbury, Uxbridge, Belchertown, Northampton and Palmer.

Information on branch locations and hours can be found on the RMV’s website at www.mass.gov/rmv.

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

Work crews will continue the series of rapid bridge superstructure replacements on I-93 in Medford beginning tonight, Friday, June 17th at 8:00 PM and continuing through Monday, June 20th at 5:00 AM. This weekend’s location involves the bridge on I-93 north over Route 16 (Mystic Valley Parkway).

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.

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 www.mass.gov/massdot/93fast14.


RMV 2011 Low Number License Plate Lottery

MassDOT RMV is now accepting applications for the 2011 Low Number License Plate Lottery. Applicants in this year's drawing will be vying for 161 of the most sought after Massachusetts license plates, including 67, T7, Y11 and Z44.

Applications will be available in all RMV branches and online at www.mass.gov/rmv.

All entries must be mailed and postmarked by August 8, 2011. Postcard entries will not be accepted. Only one entry per applicant will be accepted. Winners who do not register their vehicle with their winning lottery plate by December 31, 2011 will automatically forfeit their plate. All forfeited plates will be offered to a list of 25 alternate winners who will be chosen at the drawing. The date, time and location of the drawing will be posted on the RMV’s website. Also, applicants who provide an email address will be sent an email notification.

Be first in line by going online! Renew your driver’s license at www.mass.gov/rmv the MassDOT RMV online branch. Approximately 50% of drivers are eligible to renew their license online and avoid a branch visit. Even if you can’t renew online, you can complete your license renewal application, print it, and be ready for your branch visit. There are many other convenient services available online such as registration renewal, plate/registration cancellation, schedule/cancel a road test, and request a duplicate title.

MassDOT's RMV division serves more than 4.6 million licensed drivers and handles 5.9 million vehicles.


MassDOT July Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, July 13, 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.