Wednesday, January 9, 2013
MassDOT has reviewed the overcrowded interchange and has presented its findings to the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen.
For hundreds of commuters headed in to Boston each morning, the Interstate 495-Route 90 interchange creates a serious problem, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s latest findings. Changes are near, state transportation officials say. Last year, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Worcester) secured funding to study the backup of traffic on I-495, Route 90 and Route 9. The plans for the I-495-Route 90 interchange include adding lanes to the exit ramps from I-495 so motorists traveling through the interchange can avoid weaving. “The primary thought process behind this recommendation was that every movement throughout the process would be assigned a lane,” MassDOT Project Manager Callie Cenizal said. “With the advanced …
Monday, December 24, 2012
There will be free java served at the state's 18 travel plazas from 10 p.m. on Christmas night to 5 a.m. on Dec. 26.
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, including Westborough westbound on the MassPike. The same offer applies 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.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
It's the next milestone in 18-month study.
The next milestone toward traffic and safety improvements at the Massachusetts Turnpike's interchanges with Route 9 and Interstate 495 in Westborough and Southborough is an Oct. 30 public meeting, state transportation officials said today. The meeting is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the 495/Metrowest Partnership's meeting room, 200 Friberg Parkway in Westborough, the state Department of Transportation said in a press release. The 18-month I-495/Route 9 Interchange Study by the agency's Office of Transportation Planning launched in September 2011 and has five to six months to go, state transportation spokesman Michael Verseckes said. The study includes Route 9 near I-495. The state transportation planning department has met with stakeholders …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The injuries were not life threatening.
A one-car accident in the Massachusetts Turnpike eastbound median in Westborough left the driver with injuries that were not life threatening Tuesday, state police said Tuesday night. Westborough EMS took the 24-year-old Worcester man to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester for treatment, state police said. State police did not give the driver's name. The driver of the car, a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse, has not been cited in the crash, which happened about 1:40 p.m., state police said. State police say they continue investigating the cause of the crash. The crash closed two lanes of the turnpike, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Tweeted.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Traffic reportedly backed up for three miles.
A crash on Interstate 90 East in Westborough has closed two lanes of the turnpike, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has Tweeted. The Tweet came shortly after 2 p.m. Traffic is backed up for three miles on the highway near the accident, just before I-495, Mike Moura Tweeted. Patch will update this story when more information becomes available.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
New pumps debuted today.
An environmentally friendly addition to the Massachusetts Turnpike's Westborough service plaza had state and local officials pumped today. E85 pumps debuted at the I-90 westbound plaza, as well as at Charlton's westbound and eastbound plazas, the state Department of Transportation said in a press release. The state transportation office described E85 as "a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline," noting that it's "intended for use in Flex Fuel vehicles." Motorists requested the option at the plazas, according to the press release. “MassDOT is committed to meeting the needs of its customers," state Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey said in the statement. "Our residents and visitors are choosing to purchase flex …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The $1.5 billion bill helps build infrastructure that strengthens the state’s economy over the long term, governor says.
Gov. Deval Patrick called the $1.5 billion transportation bond bill he signed Thursday what the state needs to strengthen its economy and "quality of life for the long term.” “Our transportation infrastructure had suffered from years of neglect, so this administration started rebuilding roads, rails and bridges in every corner of our state and creating thousands of jobs," Patrick said after he enacted the bill, which enjoyed the strong support of the Legislature, passing the House by a vote of 150-2 on July 31, the last day of the session. The bond bill ensures funding for many projects already under way and allots money for the planning of future improvements across the state. It also continues funding for the final year of 2008's five-…