Massachusetts

The summer of 2020 has proven to be a busy one in the beautiful town of Adams, tucked in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of northwest Massachusetts. Although a tourist town of more than 8,000 residents, a lot of the activity in Adams also is due to the myriad of construction projects that are under way or almost complete in the community.

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 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall that'll be 80 percent of the size of the original memorial wall that opened in Washington, D.C., in 1982 is being built in Fall River, Mass. Scheduled to be completed before Veterans Day on Nov. 11, 2020, the wall will be located in Fall River's Veterans' Memorial Bicentennial Park, where an Iwo Jima monument that honors World War II veterans, a Korean War memorial and a Gold Star Families Memorial are located.

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.

Avatar Construction Inc. announced continued expansion and record-breaking growth in 2020. While many companies have experienced a drop in business due to current events, Avatar has experienced a massive increase in both new projects and revenue. Avatar has quickly become one of the most sought-after contractors in the Northeast with its comprehensive service and client focused approach, according to the company.

Chatham, Mass.-based Outermost Harbor Marine (OHM) essentially self-performed a nearly $500,000 dredging operation to open a channel at its marina in Cape Cod's Chatham Harbor, a project that started on Jan. 29 of this year and was completed on March 29.

Volvo's Dealer of the Year award recognizes the dealership in North America that best promotes the Volvo brand and the company's core strategies: to provide the highest uptime in the industry, offer unique customer solutions and ensure the best value at any stage in a machine's lifecycle.

If you have ever driven eastbound on the Massachusetts Turnpike by the Lee, Mass., exit you cannot help but miss a quarry of nearly perfect white rock. It turns out that it is a limestone quarry and is called OldCastle Lawn & Garden Northeast. The limestone that comes out of this quarry — and has been coming out since 1877 — is primarily used for agricultural applications.