Wednesday, January 23, 2013
MassDOT announced today that driving on the Route 128 breakdown lane has been discontinued as a fourth travel lane is open.
Do you use the Route 128 breakdown lane on your way to work? Well, it's time to kick the habit. State Police are now looking out for drivers who use the breakdown lane on Route 128. In an effort to reduce the Route 128 bottlenecks between Route 24 and Route 9, the Mass Department of Transportation (MassDOT) added a fourth travel lane to I-93/95 along that stretch. With that addition, driving in the breakdown lane is now prohibited between Route 24 and Route 109. Signs along the highways and State Police patrols will inform drivers of the change, according to a MassDOT announcement Wednesday. The breakdown lane is now reserved for emergency vehicles and disabled cars. According to the release, drivers have been able to use the breakdown…
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
There will be free java served at the state's 18 travel plazas from 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve to 5 a.m. on Christmas Day.
One theory about how Santa gets all his work done is: Coffee. Lots of it. Even if you're not St. Nick, if you need to stay alert driving on Christmas night, the state's highway service areas are here to help. All 18 Department of Transportation service plazas will serve up free java from 10 p.m. on Dec. 25 to 5 a.m. on Dec. 26. The same offer applies on New Year's Eve. That's between 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 5 a.m. on Jan. 1. The free coffee is sponsored by McDonalds, Burger King and Gulf. Here is a list of all 18 service plazas in Massachusetts. Newton includes one service plaza on Route 128 southbound open 24/7.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The Newton Land Use Committee voted Tuesday night in favor of closing the public hearing for the special permit application for the proposed Riverside Station mixed-use development, but some concerns remain about certain traffic route options.
Newton aldermen reiterated their concerns Tuesday night regarding potential access to/from the proposed Riverside mixed-use development, and whether the community's preferred traffic plan will have the support of MassDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Transportation and traffic was the focus of Tuesday night's Land Use Committee public hearing on the special permit application and zoning change for the proposed Riverside project. Tuesday was the third night of a hearing that started back in October. The committee heard from various traffic planners as well as a representative from MassDOT, who discussed the proposed roadway changes that will be put in place if the mixed-use development moves forward. "The conceptual layout…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Here are some tips from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to make your Thanksgiving travel a little easier.
Will you be driving on Thanksgiving night? If so, you can snag a free cup of joe courtesy of the state. And if you're hitting the Turnpike on Wednesday afternoon, you can also get on I-90 (for one hour) without having to pay the toll. Free coffee will be served at all 18 Massachusetts Department of Tranportation (MassDOT) service plazas between 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving night until 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov 23, courtesy of McDonalds, Burger King and Gulf. Meanwhile, Plymouth Rock Assurance will sponsor free tolls at the Allston-Brighton interchange on I-90 from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. Thanksgiving holiday traffic is expected to be at its peak on Tuesday, Nov. 20, Wednesday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 25, according to MassDOT. …
Monday, May 14, 2012
The League of American Bicyclists awarded Newton an honorable mention as a bike-friendly city.
The League of American Bicyclists recognized Newton today as one of its "Bike Friendly Communities," awarding it with an honorable mention for its efforts to build and promote bike infrastructure and education. According to a press release issued by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Newton was one of three communities recognized by the League today; Arlington also received a bronze-level award and Salem received an honorable mention. “We are very pleased to see more Massachusetts communities honored for their bicycle friendliness,” MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey said in the press release. “Our mission is to provide safe, healthy and efficient transportation, and bicycle friendly communities are help …
Friday, December 23, 2011
MassDOT provides some tips for those traveling during the Christmas holiday weekend. Plus, free coffee!
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Friday, December 23, 2011
The following is a press release issued by MassDOT: MassDOT encourages residents and visitors to drive safely and use public transportation where possible during the upcoming holiday weekend. “Visiting friends and family over the holidays is an important tradition. I urge travelers to plan around inclement weather, use public transit and to always designate a sober driver. Safety is MassDOT’s top priority,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. During holidays, I-90 Exit 9 connecting I-84 to Connecticut and New York experiences heavy traffic and busy toll plazas. Drivers are encouraged to consider travel during the early morning or after 8 p.m. Traffic congestion is also typical at the I-95 and I-495 Turnpike interchanges along …