Gov. Charlie Baker, surrounded by state and federal officials at Union Station, announced on Tuesday that the state Department of Transportation is soliciting requests for proposals for a consultant team to study the feasibility of east-west passenger rail service, the launch of a pilot for passenger rail service between Greenfield and Springfield, and one-seat service through Springfield to Hartford and New Haven, Conn.
The meetings will begin on Tuesday, May 15, in Boston and continue for two weeks. The draft CIP includes all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail, and transit, including MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities as well as the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
When the 2008 recession hit, the airport saw a significant decrease in users.
Its revenues were down. The number of planes housed there were down. The planes flying in and out were down. But a few years later, the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and the city launched a $22 million project to expand the main runway.
Some 150 households in the Narragansett Avenue neighborhood depend on one single bridge to get in and out. It's their only access.
And as they commute over it, often they're slowing down and veering lanes to avoid the anglers who plopped down a chair in the lane. The narrow road didn't have much for parking, and that is where many with kayaks and canoes would park to get into Pontoosuc Lake. Anyone who was walking or bicycling had to share what was left of the roadway.
MassDOT encourages drivers to be mindful of these potential impacts and recommends travelers use alternative routes in the first two weeks as work will be concentrated at the center of the intersection. Those traveling through the area should reduce speed and use caution.
The concrete bridge was closed in 2012 after it was found to be structurally deficient. The 1936 span shows significant corrosion, spalling of the concrete, and severe deterioration of its steel girders, which caused the bridge to be load-restricted. A temporary, one-lane steel bridge was installed over the older bridge, with stop signs on each end.
Town Administrator Carl McKinney told the Select Board on Wednesday that he had completed about a 40-page application and personally delivered the application to the District 1 offices of the state Department of Transportation in Lenox and to the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission in Pittsfield.
MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack says the massive $10.5 million reconstruction of East Housatonic Street is a perfect example of what the state wants to see.
The project has been in the works for years and finally began construction March of 2016. It is on pace to be completed in October, with punch list items being completed in the spring.
Representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation were in front of the commission for permitting on the road project, which is expected to go to bid this fall for construction in 2018 and '19.
The long-anticipated reconstruction of Water Street is expected to get under way in spring 2018.
Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and engineering firm Greenman-Pedersen came to Town Hall this month for a public hearing on the project, which is 100 percent designed and ready to go to bid in August 2017.
The Department of Transportation is overloaded with applications for EZ Pass transponders.
The all-electronic tolling goes into effect on Friday. On Wednesday, the state's website had become so overloaded with requests that it crashed. MassDOT is now setting up in-person locations to get people signed up.
The city's elementary school pupils are being encouraged to walk to school on Wednesday for International Walk to School Day.
Routes have been laid out for the three schools and parents are encouraged to join the "Walking School Bus" that will feature school and city officials, teachers, local "celebrities," and police officers.
For 17 years residents in the Berkshires could take the turnpike for six exits before having to pay anything. For many, there was little bother to get an E-Z Pass transponder and rather, just pay for five or six bucks for the rare trip to Boston.