Massachusetts Department of Transportation

The number of structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts may stay at more than 460 without more money, according to state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack. In a meeting in late October, Pollack called for more funding to help the state repair the hundreds of bridges that are in tough shape.

Construction will begin later this fall in the suburbs west of Boston on the $31.1 million Needham/Newton Corridor Improvements, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The roadwork includes an overhaul of Needham Street, the portion of Winchester Street up to Massachusetts Route 9, the bridge over the Charles River and a part of Highland Avenue in Needham.

Hoping to break a stalemate over the $1 billion Massachusetts Turnpike project, Boston University is offering up more of its own land for the state to fit the giant project through a constricted section of Allston. Even at only a few feet wide, additional land could help the state rebuild the highway and adjacent Soldiers Field Road without erecting a new viaduct or extending over the Charles River, two options that have generated so much opposition that state officials were forced back to the drawing board this year.

Northfield, Mass., residents are learning more about the Schell Bridge reconstruction project in their town. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will be overseeing the work when it is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2022. The proposed project consists of the complete replacement of the Schell Bridge, which carried East Northfield Road over the Connecticut River before being closed since 1985 due to deterioration that rendered it unsafe to use.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is almost halfway done with its nearly six-year project to improve Route 18 from Weymouth to Abington. The construction will widen the road to two lanes and add a shoulder in each direction throughout the project corridor, a 4-mi.

A new collective purchasing agreement for bus and bike lane road markings to help accelerate multimodal infrastructure was announced Sept. 2 by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The agency's partners are the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), along with the city of Boston and 12 other municipalities in the metropolitan area.

Since 2014, Massachusetts' leading transportation agencies have been planning a massive reconfiguration of Interstate 90, Soldiers Field Road and the Framingham/Worcester railroad line along Boston's Charles River waterfront in Allston. As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) weighs its options for redesigning this congested section of the Massachusetts Turnpike (known locally as MassPike), Harvard University spokesperson Kevin Casey wrote in a recent emailed statement to the Harvard Crimson that the school hopes the state will thoroughly evaluate "an alternative all at grade approach." MassDOT currently is considering several proposals for construction at "The Throat" — the area where the 12 lanes of I-90 converge at the narrowest point — including three "build" alternatives and one "no build" alternative.

A congressman's vision is one step closer to reality, now that brush and trees have been cleared to pave the way for Phase One of the Twin Cities Rail Trail, a 4.5-mile bike path that will connect the towns of Leominster and Fitchburg, Mass. U.S. Rep.

Signs that Massachusetts' South Coast Rail project continues was evident on New Bedford's Church Street as the demolition of the old Julius Koch industrial site nears completion. Once home to the nation's largest supplier of cord and invisible tape for custom window coverings, the building was torn down and its four-acre parcel will become the site of the new Church Street train station, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

SPS New England Inc. started work on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) $102 million I-495 Haverhill Bridge Replacement Project that is replacing and widening existing north-south bridges spanning the Merrimack River in Haverhill.

The Skanska-McCourt Joint Venture (Skanska US and McCourt Construction Co. ) started its work on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) nearly $204 million (total cost) rehabilitation of the Chelsea Viaduct Bridge in Boston, a project that began in April 2019.