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A data-driven report on congestion was released by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) with recommendations for state and municipal government, the private sector and other stakeholders to make commutes by road and transit more reliable, accessible and predictable while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Governor Charlie Baker appointed Chrystal Kornegay to the five-member Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) and to the eleven-member Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board.

The board of directors for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation approved a contract for about $177 million to replace Boston's North Washington Street Bridge that carries traffic over the Boston Inner Harbor between the North End and Charlestown.

Gov. Charlie Baker, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of the new Blue Hill Avenue Station on the Fairmont Commuter Rail Line.

The new partial cloverleaf interchange at Exit 46 off I-93 in Methuen, Mass., is taking shape with the recent completion of the southbound off-ramp onto Route 110/113 and construction under way on the northbound off-ramp to westbound Route 110/113. With the four-year project now in its final year, the reconstruction is already proving its worth with traffic now flowing smoother through the area.

This project, which involves replacing the bridge carrying Route 3 northbound and southbound over High Street in Norwell and the bridge carrying Route 3 northbound and southbound over Route 123, (Webster Street) in Hanover, is expected to begin this summer and be completed by 2020.

Drivers into Boston from its western suburbs are now saving 12 minutes of commute time each way, or two hours a week, after the Massachusetts Department of Transportation removed all middle-lane toll booths last fall to let traffic flow without stopping, said state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) cites safety as one of the leading drivers to switching to All Electronic Tolling (AET). According to the National Transportation Safety Bureau, “toll authorities nationwide experience rear-end collision rates that exceed other types of collisions, in part because toll plazas interrupt the flow of high-speed traffic to intermittently collect tolls.”To improve driver safety and streamline the toll process, MassDOT has set off on a multi-year project to remove toll booths on I-90 statewide and install All Electronic Tolling.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is currently working on a project to replace several bridges in Attleboro, Mass. The construction bid price was $19.97 million and the project is planned to be funded through the 2016 Transportation Improvement Program for the Southeastern Massachusetts Metropolitan Planning Organization.

MassDOT anticipates that crews from White-Skanska-Consigli Joint-Venture (WSC) will complete the $255 million Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation between Cambridge and Boston in June 2018. The project will restore the historic bridge, built in 1908, including rebuilding its iconic “salt and pepper” towers.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is currently preparing a new bidding process to complete the $1.992 billion Green Line Extension (GLX) project in the greater Boston area. Officials, consultants and commuter activists estimated that the project was $1 billion over budget based mainly on the bidding method.