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Welcome to Baystate Roads. Established in 1986, Baystate Roads 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.

2015 Moving Together Conference Image

See photos from the 2015 Moving Together Conference on our Flickr page.

Chainsaw Skills and Safety Training Image

Baystate Roads Technical Training Specialist Mike Smith conducts a Chainsaw Skills & Safety class. If your Highway Department is in need of specialized training, call Mike Smith today at 413-834-3975, or email mdsmith@umass.edu. See more photos on our Flickr page.

Why is healthy, alternative transportation important in Massachusetts?

Listen to Transportation Secretary Pollack, and then join us at the 2015 Moving Together Conference, MassDOT’s annual statewide healthy transportation conference, on November 4 in Boston.

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OSHA Outreach Ten Hour Construction Training Program

Posted on 04/13/2015 (7 months, 2 weeks ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

The OSHA Outreach Ten Hour Construction Training Program provides training on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of workplace hazards. Classes also provide overview information regarding OSHA, including workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.

All OSHA 10 Hour Construction Training is intended to cover an overview of the hazards a worker may encounter on a job site. Training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention, not OSHA standards.

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Road Diets (Roadway Configurations). An Every Day Counts Live Webinar Event

Posted on 03/19/2015 (8 months, 1 week, 1 day ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

Join the Federal Highway Administration, the Baystate Roads Program and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for a presentation on Road Diets (Roadway Configurations) via a live webinar on April 9, 2015.

Local subject matter experts will include Lou Rabito, MassDOT and Tom Janikula, Area Engineer, District 4, FHWA MA Division.

Four-lane undivided highways experience relatively high crash frequencies–especially between high-speed through traffic, left-turning vehicles and other road users. One option for addressing this safety concern is a Road Diet, which typically involves converting an existing four-lane undivided roadway segment to a three-lane segment consisting of two through lanes and a center two-way left-turn lane. This reconfiguration has many benefits:

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Don't Miss the 2015 MassDOT Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange

Posted on 01/08/2015 (10 months, 2 weeks, 5 days ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

Are you wondering how to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of your operations? Are you looking for the latest technology or equipment for your organization? Don’t stay trapped in the 20th century. Take the leap forward by discovering 21st century innovations and technologies at the first annual MassDOT Innovation and Tech Transfer Exchange.

Over two-days you will learn about the latest innovations being made in the fields of Construction, Safety, Maintenance, Projects, Design, and Materials. There will be over 30 breakout sessions, where you will have the opportunity to discuss with your peers, the advantages and challenges associated with the methods and technologies being presented.

In addition, there will be demonstrations from vendors displaying the latest products and technologies. The event is open to all transportation professionals including MassDOT, municipalities, consultants, contractors, vendors and manufacturers.

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The Baystate Roads Program offers Class 2 and Class 4 Hoisting Continuing Education Credit Courses

Posted on 12/15/2014 (11 months, 1 week, 5 days ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

The Baystate Roads Program is offering a 2 hour Class 4 (G-B) and a 4 hour Class 2 (D-A) Hoisting courses. Both courses will be offered on the same day at each location. Individuals will have the opportunity to sign up for one or both courses.

These courses are only being offered to Public Employees.

Topics covered are all MGLs and CMRs as required by the Department of Public Safety as well as operational guides for hoisting machinery. Although they are CEU courses, they are also an excellent way to prepare for the Massachusetts hoisting exam.

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

Posted on 10/31/2014 (1 year, 3 weeks, 6 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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