New England News
6:17 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Springfield Parking Authority Gets New Director And Direction

Springfield Parking Authority Executive Director Mary McNally speaks in city hall after Mayor Domenic Sarno ( at right) announced her appointment. Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy stands next to the mayor.
Credit WAMC

An attorney and veteran of several municipal boards and commissions has been tapped to head the parking authority in Springfield, Massachusetts. The appointment comes as the city is on the verge of a parking space crunch. 

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Friday the selection of Mary McNally as the new executive director of the Springfield Parking Authority.  He called her “eminently qualified” and said the appointment is part of a new direction at the authority.

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New England News
4:48 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

MA Officials Unveil $12B Transportation Plan

Credit MassDOT

BOSTON (AP) — An ambitious five-year plan to upgrade the Massachusetts’ infrastructure includes billions of dollars for new MBTA trains, road and bridge repairs, and all-electronic tolling.

The $12.4 billion capital investment plan released by Gov. Deval Patrick's administration Friday is a blueprint only and there's no guarantee that all of the projects will go forward.

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New England News
6:27 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

New Construction Techniques, Incentives Speed Bridge Replacement

Work continues to replace the Manhan River Bridge in Easthampton, Mass. It should reopen to traffic by the end of October.
Credit WAMC

A new state program has been successful in reducing the backlog of urgently needed repairs to Massachusetts bridges.  Innovative construction methods have reduced the amount of time it once took to make repairs.

   The Manhan River Bridge in Easthampton is one of the current projects in the  state’s 5-year- old $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program.   MassDOT  Highway Administrator Frank DePaola said the program prioritizes repairing structurally deficient bridges. 

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New England News
12:00 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Mass. Secretary of Transportation Discusses Bond Bill in Berkshires

Massachusetts’ Secretary of Transportation visited the Berkshires on Thursday to pitch the governor’s transportation budget, and to discuss the newly filed transportation bond bill with local legislators and heads of town governments.

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New England News
12:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Patrick Administration Considers Replacement of Toll Booths on MassPike

Motorists would no longer have to stop or even slow down to pay their tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike under a plan being considered by Gov. Deval Patrick's administration.

Patrick said Monday the state is hoping to phase out tollbooths and replace them with an electronic system that would automatically toll drivers as they exit the highway.

The governor stressed that planning is still in its early stages and details are still being worked out.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

MassDOT Hears Comments on Pittsfield Bridge Project

As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is developing its plan to replace a bridge over a vital freight rail corridor in Pittsfield, members of the public are being asked for their opinions.  WAMC’s Berkshire bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
3:08 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

MassDOT Board Hears Comments from Berkshires

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright welcomes the MassDOT board

Local leaders in Berkshire County submitted their comments to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation yesterday in North Adams. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports that officials made it clear to the board that funding to the county’s public transportation is inadequate.

At the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s monthly board meeting, held in North Adams yesterday afternoon, local officials brought their complaints with them to the 7-member board.

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New England News
5:48 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

MassDOT Secretary Dismisses Controversy Surrounding Board Restructuring

Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick has released all five members of the state transportation board. The board will be restructured in September, but the move is sparking some controversy. WAMC’s Lucas Willard filed a report…

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New England News
6:30 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

MassDOT Program Funds Small Scale Projects

MassDOT chief Richard Davey announces a grant for a bridge replacement project in Westhampton

The top transportation official in Massachusetts is highlighting a new program designed to tackle small traffic bottlenecks.  It could help communities pay for projects that have languished on “wish lists”. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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