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Massachusetts’ I-95 Whittier Bridge Project Opening Today

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation today announced that the Whittier Bridge and a 4-mile section of I-95 will be opened to its full capacity of four lanes of traffic in both the north and southbound directions by 5 p.m., Friday, July 13.

This major milestone for the $318 million ongoing bridge replacement and corridor improvement project will mean that all vehicles traveling on I-95 north and southbound will have access to the full benefits of the new bridge structure and widened roadway.

Crews are continuing to conduct finishing work on the bridge and will be installing final pavement markings in the coming weeks. Additionally, work is continuing on the shared-use path that is being constructed adjacent to I-95 northbound in this area, which is necessitating a closure of the breakdown lane on I-95 northbound through the end of July. This component of the project is currently expected to be completed this fall.

The previous bridge at this location was built in 1951 and named for the poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier. The bridge carries vehicles on I-95 north and southbound between Newburyport and Amesbury over the Merrimack River. The structure is a critical regional transportation link for people and commerce throughout the region.

The new bridge cross section includes four travel lanes and a breakdown lane in each direction. Through this project, four adjacent bridges have been replaced or reconstructed along a 3.5-mile segment to accommodate a widened I-95 from Exit 57 in Newburyport to Exit 60 in Salisbury.


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Massachusetts DOT Offers July 4th Holiday Travel Advice

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation advises holiday travelers to plan ahead to reach their destinations between now and the end of the July 4 holiday.

MassDOT is taking steps to facilitate the flow of traffic during the holiday and will be postponing scheduled roadway construction effective at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, with scheduled construction activities resuming the normal start of business on Thursday, July 5, 2018. In addition, the High Occupancy Lane (HOV) between Quincy and Boston on I-93 will open early for the afternoon commute on Friday, June 29 at 1 p.m. The HOV lane will be closed on Tuesday, July 3, in the afternoon and all day Wednesday, July 4. It will then re-open during regularly scheduled hours on Thursday, July 5.

Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, through 5 a.m., Thursday, July 5. The plazas serving free coffee include 11 service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6 in Barnstable, and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.


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Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant – Newburyport, MA

Giuseppe’s is a great family restaurant with melt-in-your-mouth pasta made by Giuseppe himself. You can take-out or eat in.

They have delicious lasagne and other basics with specials on the gourmet end of the spectrum. The atmosphere is very informal and cozy… it’s just a hole-in-the-wall in a strip plaza (go east on Rte 113 about 1/4 mile, then right on Low St to first strip plaza on right.) but you will return.

Beer & wine are also available.

Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant is located just off I-95 Exit 57 in Newburyport, Massachusetts (257 Low Street)

 

MassDOT Cautions Travelers to Plan Ahead for Coming Blizzard

MassDOT is cautioning the public to plan ahead for a significant snowstorm expected from late Monday evening into Tuesday, which could cause widespread snow drifting and decreased visibility.

“Our snow and ice crews are closely monitoring the forecast and we know this winter storm could bring over a foot of total snow accumulation to many areas as well as heavy winds that may combine with snow and reduce visibility, creating challenging driving conditions throughout the state,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Drivers should make smart decisions on whether or not they need to be on the roadways during this storm and consider measures such as delaying travel plans until after the snow has fallen.”

At this hour, a blizzard warning is in effect for Essex, Plymouth, Barnstable, and Dukes Counties from 11 p.m., Monday, through 8 p.m. Tuesday. MassDOT’s snow and ice operations will be deployed as conditions necessitate. Crews are currently conducting preparation activities in advance of the winter weather and will be pretreating roadways with brine and Magnesium Chloride. MassDOT is also currently planning deployments of snowplows and spreaders and maintenance equipment.

In the worst storms, MassDOT’s Highway Division is able to utilize up to 700 personnel to perform snow and ice removal operations on more than 15,000 lanes miles of roadway throughout the Commonwealth. This winter, MassDOT will have approximately 4,200 pieces of state and vendor equipment available using over 150 depots and storage locations. This includes over 1,300 plow and spreader combos, 2,100 plows, and 460 front-end loaders.

If drivers must go out on the roadways, they are advised to always wear seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cell-phones and devote full attention to what is ahead on the road.


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Yet Another Coastal Storm for East Coast I-95 Travelers

The third coastal storm in 2 weeks is poised to bring gusty winds, minor coastal flooding, and areas of snow, heaviest in New England.

After the precipitation ends in the Mid-Atlantic region Monday night, attention turns to New England as the third nor’easter in two weeks is expected to bring significant snow from Connecticut to Maine, with some locations possibly getting in excess of a foot of snow. Parts of upstate New York are also likely to get heavy snow through the middle of the week. With the forecast track of the storm expected to be farther southeast than the last two events, the highest winds and waves should remain over the offshore waters.

Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for all of southern New England.

Snow will begin after midnight with heavier snow and near-blizzard conditions Tuesday morning lasting into the afternoon.

Potential for 1″ to 3″ of snow per hour, combined with high winds, could lead to near impossible travel conditions around Tuesday morning and even the Tuesday afternoon commute.


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Massachusetts: I-95 Winter Weather Wednesday-Thursday

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is advising members of the public to plan ahead with winter weather expected on Wednesday and Thursday. The public is encouraged to avoid traveling during the snow if possible, take public transportation, and make safe and smart decisions throughout the duration of the storm.

“This storm will bring heavy snowfall to areas across the state throughout Wednesday and into Thursday, which could create hazardous travel conditions, especially for the Wednesday evening commute when the snowfall may be at its heaviest,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We advise members of the public to stay off the roads if possible, consider working from home or postponing travel plans, and taking public transit if they must travel during this storm. Those who are out on the roadways should give themselves extra time to reach their destinations, travel at reduced speeds, and leave plenty of space between themselves and other vehicles.”

MassDOT’s snow and ice operations will be deployed as conditions necessitate. Crews are currently conducting preparation activities in advance of the winter weather and will be pretreating roadways with brine and Magnesium Chloride. MassDOT is also currently planning deployments of snowplows and spreaders and maintenance equipment.

In the worst storms, MassDOT’s Highway Division is able to utilize up to 700 personnel to perform snow and ice removal operations on more than 15,000 lanes miles of roadway throughout the Commonwealth. This winter, MassDOT will have approximately 4,200 pieces of state and vendor equipment available using over 150 depots and storage locations. This includes over 1,300 plow and spreader combos, 2,100 plows, and 460 front-end loaders.

If drivers must go out on the roadways, they are advised to drive the conditions, lower their speeds, give themselves extra time to reach their destinations, and remember MassDOT’s message, “Don’t Crowd the Plow,” meaning that motorists should stay behind snow removal equipment on the roadways. MassDOT strongly urges drivers to always wear seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cell-phones and devote full attention to what is ahead on the road.


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Weekend Snow Storm Threat Brewing

A fast moving weather system will likely bring accumulating snow to portions of the Mid Atlantic and Northeast Saturday and Sunday. While not expected to be a blockbuster, the possibility of up to 6 inches of snow along the I-95 corridor is likely.

This storm will see accumulating snow from West Virginia to southern Maine, and will occur from Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning. During the height of the storm snow may accumulate up to an inch per hour for several hours.

I-95 travelers will see wet to slushy to snow-covered pavement this weekend. From New Jersey to New York City, 1-3 inches of snow is forecast. Connecticut and Rhode Island will see 2-4 inches while the Boston area is expected to see up to 6 inches of snow. Snowfall amounts will taper off  in New Hampshire and Maine.


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