The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced four public meetings to update the public on the status of the implementation of All Electronic Tolling and the progress of demolishing existing toll plaza infrastructure and reconstructing the roadway. Representatives of MassDOT will discuss the construction progress in 23 work zones, timeline for completion, what to expect as the project moves into the spring and summer months and other issues. These public meetings will be to receive feedback from users of I-90, (the Massachusetts Turnpike), and neighboring communities and to provide interchange specific information about what the traveling public can expect during 2017. All meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and are scheduled as follows:
• Wednesday, January 11 – Westborough Town Hall, 34 West Main Street
Plaza Focus: Sturbridge / I-84, Worcester/Auburn/I-290, Worcester/Rt. 146, Worcester/Millbury, Westborough/I-495, Framingham, Natick/Rt.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will begin the demolition of all existing toll plazas on Oct. 28, 2016 as part of the implementation of All Electronic Tolling (AET) along the Massachusetts Turnpike. MassDOT is holding four public meetings to provide information about what to expect as the toll booths are eliminated. Within the project overview, MassDOT will discuss: demolition process, timeline, hours of construction operations, traffic and noise impacts, material disposition and other project related issues. These meetings will ensure that users of the Massachusetts Turnpike and neighboring communities are fully informed about the construction process to minimize any public inconvenience.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that the Ted Williams Tunnel westbound will close overnight beginning at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28, for required maintenance work. Starting at on Sunday, Aug. 28, and ending Wednesday, Aug. 31, the westbound tunnel will close each night at 11:59 p.m., and reopen no later than 5 a.m. The Ted Williams Tunnel is the section of the Mass Pike connecting Boston with South Boston, and Logan Airport.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced it would hold seven public hearings regarding the proposed new gantry prices for All Electronic Tolling during the month of September, including in Newton and Allston. The hearings will begin Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Worcester and will continue in other communities until the final hearing on Thursday, Sept. 15. All of the hearings will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board acted Monday to move ahead with plans to completely demolish Interstate 90 toll plazas by the end of 2017 as a milestone in the state’s progress toward All Electronic Tolling (AET) along Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), the Tobin Bridge, and Boston tunnels, the DOT announced. At today’s Board meeting, MassDOT announced that AET will “go live” on October 28. The Board approved toll demolition contracts, reviewed data security and retention proposals and instructed MassDOT to proceed with public hearings on proposed toll rates designed to be revenue neutral and minimize changes in toll charges for current commuters. “The AET system will improve driver convenience and safety and reduce greenhouse gas-causing vehicle emissions,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “When toll booths have been removed, AET will allow drivers to maintain regular highway speed as they pass under AET gantries, eliminating the need for drivers to sharply reduce speed and idle in toll booth lines.”
The Board-approved contracts provide that tolls booths will begin to be demolished as soon as AET goes live and all work to remove toll plazas and reconstruct roadways is to be completed by the end of 2017.
A Watertown man was struck and killed by a car after he was in a separate accident on the Mass. Turnpike.
Arkloo Wong, 81, of Watertown was involved in a collision with another driver near the Allston-Brighton Tolls on the westbound side of the Pike late Friday night. He exited his car to speak with the other driver and a car driven by a 30-year-old Brighton man hit Wong. Wong was pronounced dead at the scene and Coury was taken to hospital for treatment. No charges have been filed but the accident remains under investigation.