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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.

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Help Determine The Future of Transportation in Massachusetts!!

Posted on 10/03/2014 (2 weeks, 3 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

CHANGE!

YOUR MODE

OUR FUTURE

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 (1 month, 1 week, 5 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 (2 months, 1 week, 1 day 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 (3 months, 6 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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“Safe Streets. Smart Trips” Video Contest Announced

Posted on 07/08/2014 (3 months, 1 week, 5 days ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

MassDOT has announced a statewide high school video contest to promote Safe Streets. Smart Trips., an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth. MassDOT Secretary and CEO, Richard A. Davey announced the multiagency and multidisciplinary efforts within the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Awareness and Enforcement Program, a portion of the SHSP, at an event at Somerville High School.

“While traffic fatalities and injuries have been trending downward in Massachusetts over the past few years, pedestrian and bicycle-related crashes aren’t following,” stated MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “We aim to raise awareness across the Commonwealth about the importance of safe bicycling, pedestrian, and driver behaviors and practices. Our young people, perhaps getting their licenses for the first time or riding their bikes to school, are a critical segment of our traveling public.

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