Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Temporary bridge over Mystic River is part of the plans for major Medford bridge reconstruction.
MassDOT officials and Medford legislative delegation members were on hand Tuesday night to present the Medford City Council new plans for the reconstruction of the Cradock Bridge. The historic bridge is a major one for travel into and out of Medford Square, carrying traffic over the Mystic River on Main Street near the on- and off-ramps to Route 16. A temporary bridge is part of the plans, as part of an effort by engineers to minimize the impact on traffic and local businesses. The temporary bridge would extend from a temporary Route 16 off-ramp, over the river to Clippership Drive, with access to Riverside Avenue for vehicles turning left. Two southbound lanes of Main Street on the Cradock Bridge will be maintained during construction …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Medford council will see the major project set to take place in spring 2014.
UPDATE, 6:35 p.m.: Turns out the presentation IS happening, but at 7 p.m. when the regular meeting happens and not at 6 p.m. as we originally reported. We will have coverage, as always. UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Due to an apparent scheduling issue, there will be no MassDOT presentation on the Cradock Bridge tonight. We'll pass along any information we hear on why. ORIGINAL STORY: Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials are expected to present the reconstruction design for the historic Cradock Bridge in Medford Square to the City Council this evening. The presentation is expected to take place at 6 p.m., with the council's regular meeting to follow at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Here's the agenda for the regular meeting. "This is …
Monday, March 25, 2013
MassDOT will show plans to the Medford council next month, project expected to commence spring 2014.
Designs for reconstruction of the Cradock Bridge in Medford Square to begin in spring 2014 will be presented to the Medford City Council at a meeting next month. According to a statement from Medford's legislative delegation and Mayor Michael McGlynn released Friday afternoon, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will present the plans to the council April 2. Back in 2011, the project was anticipated to cost $2.5 million. The original bridge was built 1637, rebuilt in 1880 and again in 1909, according to a Medford Historical Society sign on the bridge. The original wooden drawbridge was the first toll bridge in New England. According to Friday's statement, the project was originally expected to take close to three and …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Fare hikes and service cuts are a few options T officials proposed in an effort to close the $130 million budget deficit in 2014.
MBTA officials have proposed service cuts and fare increases if there is no increase in funding, based on a $130 projected budget deficit in fiscal year 2014. Director of Strategic Initiatives for the MBTA Charles Planck said at a MBTA finance committee meeting that in order to close the budget gap, T fares would need to go up 33 percent, which means subway fares would move up from $2 to $2.60, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday. There was also talk at the meeting of a 15 percent fare increase coupled with the possible elimination of up to 30 bus routes, according to the Globe. Gov. Deval Patrick unveiled an ambitious transportation plan in February that would potentially raise $1.02 billion per year for the next 10 years, some of which, …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The major highway through Boston will close due to work on the Zakim Bridge and the O’Neill tunnel.
A major Boston highway will close overnight to make way for work on the Zakim Brudge and O’Neill Tunnel. The Department of Transportation will shut down the southbound side of I-93 between 11 p.m. Tuesday night and 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to CBS Boston. MassDOT will divert traffic at the Route 38 Mystic Avenue exit and will be able to continue on I-93 at the exit near South Station, CBS Boston reports.
Monday, November 26, 2012
The state Department of Transportation is required to hold public meetings in advance of developing a long-term financing plan for the state’s transportation system next year.
Residents can hear from state transportation officials and ask questions about the MBTA, MassHighway and more at the McGlynn Middle School Auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 6-8 p.m. According to a press release from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), legislation passed in August requires MassDOT to host at least six public meetings in advance of developing a long-term financing plan for the state’s transportation system next year. Representatives from each division of MassDOT—RMV, Highway, Aeronautics and MBTA/Rail and Transit—will be available to answer questions and provide information. The Boston Globe reported that Gov. Deval Patrick will ask lawmakers to raise taxes in order to pay for a transportation system—…
Friday, September 28, 2012
Asked about toll fairness during a Patch live chat, Governor Deval Patrick asked a reader whether he'd support high-speed tolls. Are these a good way to share the transportation funding pain, or another money grab?
Are high-speed tolls along Interstate 93 and other highways a smart way to help fund transportation in the state? Governor Deval Patrick mentioned such a system during a Patch live chat on Thursday. If you've gone up Interstate 95 into New Hampshire, you've seen high-speed tolling in action. The system is designed to read your EZ-Pass (nee Fast Lane) transponder while you breeze by at 65 miles per hour. There's no need to slow down or squeeze though a booth, as EZ-Pass users currently do on the Mass Pike, Tobin Bridge and harbor tunnels. The chat moved on to other topics, so no details about implementation were offered. What do you think? Would tolls along I-93 offer some fairness to riders in Boston, MetroWest and North Shore, who all pay…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The Department of Transportation is about 25 percent complete with design plans.
Replacing the Cradock Bridge in Medford Square will cost about $8.5 million and take three construction seasons to complete, according to state officials. At least three lanes will be open for traffic at all times during construction on the bridge, which takes cars and pedestrians on Main Street over the Mystic River. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2014, Project Manager Paul King said during a presentation to the Medford City Council last week. The design features of the new bridge will include small arches and other design details that are considered historic elements of the current bridge, built in 1909, King said. The remnants of a dam beneath the bridge, which are non-functional, will also be removed as part of the project…