Welcome to Baystateroads.org

Welcome to the Baystate Roads Program. Established in 1986, the Baystate Roads Program is a cooperative effort of the Federal Highway Administration, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The program provides technology transfer assistance to all communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under the direction of Program Manager, Christopher J. Ahmadjian.

photo of MHA and Tri County Highway meeting

The Massachusetts Highway Association and the Tri County Highway Superintendents Association held their 63rd annual joint meeting on November 18 at the Castle of Knights in Chicopee. See more photos from the meeting on our Flickr page.


Locally Administered Federal Aid Projects. Save Time, Save Money – Can it work for you?

Posted on 10/31/2014 (3 weeks, 5 days ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

These workshops will provide an overview of the LPA program for administering federal aid projects and help determine if this program is an option for Massachusetts communities.

Items discussed will include:
Responsibilities and obligations regarding federal funding.
The criteria for administering and completing the design and construction phases under the LPA program.

These workshops are intended to determine if Massachusetts communities are interested in MassDOT advancing the program, beginning with a pilot program of specific projects in selected communities. The workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the LPA program and to ask questions.

Municipal officials, including senior staff in Public Works, Engineering, Planning, and Administration are encouraged to attend.

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Help Determine The Future of Transportation in Massachusetts!!

Posted on 10/03/2014 (1 month, 3 weeks, 2 days ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

Be a part of the conversation that will determine the future of transportation in Massachusetts!

MT14 will bring together leaders who are advancing healthy transportation.

Make sure your voice is heard!

The 2014 Moving Together Conference




Move together with us on Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 64 Arlington Street, Boston, MA

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Get the Most Out of Your Snow & Ice Operations

Posted on 09/08/2014 (2 months, 2 weeks, 4 days ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

The Baystate Roads Program will be offering workshops throughout Massachusetts in October and November designed to teach road crews and DPW superintendents how to prepare, plan and execute operations for winter weather.

This course will cover:
- The proper use of salt and liquid anti-icers and the environmental impacts.
- Pre wetting and pre-treating
- Anti-icing vs. De-icing.
- The use of sand and it’s environmental impact.
- Equipment calibration, usage specification and technology.
- How to convert from sand to salt, large city or rural town.
- Snow and ice policy for public review.
- Cost benefit analysis of salt vs. sand.

All drivers, foremen, supervisors and anyone who will be responsible for snow and ice removal should attend this workshop. Finance committee members, Selectmen and Mayors are also encourages to attend.

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OSHA orders fleet owner to rehire employee fired after replacing bad tire

Posted on 08/12/2014 (3 months, 2 weeks ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

Molly Young, Reporter On Aug 12, 2014

Federal workplace safety regulators have ordered a Gresham, Ore. truck driver to rehire an employee who refused to drive a truck with bad tires.

An investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed the woman was fired eight days after she replaced a tire before going out on the road in 2011. The driver later filed a whistleblower complaint, prompting Monday's order.

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The MassDOT Highway Division issues new Engineering Directive

Posted on 07/14/2014 (4 months, 1 week, 5 days ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

The MassDOT Highway Division issued a new Engineering Directive dated 7/11/14. This directive formally issues a new version of the Construction Standard Details for use on all projects advertised after July 31, 2014.

The Engineering Directive and the new Construction Standard Details are available on the MassDOT website:

· E-14-003 – June 2014 Construction Standard Details
· June 2014 Construction Standard Details

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