Worcester: MassDOT Bridge Replacement Public Meeting

by | Jan 10, 2017

 Boston – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that a Public Information Meeting will be held to discuss the proposed replacement of the bridge that carries Plantation Street over the CSX railroad line in Worcester.



WHERE:         MassDOT District 3 Offices

403 Belmont Street

Worcester, MA 01604


WHEN:           Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at 6:30PM

In case of inclement weather on the 12th, the meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 6:30PM.



PURPOSE:     The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed replacement of the superstructure of Bridge W-44-030 which carries Plantation Street over the CSX railroad line in

Worcester.  All views and comments made at the meeting will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.


PROPOSAL:  The proposed project consists of the removal and replacement of the superstructure, the south abutment, roadway, sidewalks, etc., on Bridge W-44-030 which carries Plantation Street over the CSX railroad line.  The project includes widening of the bridge’s deck to include a five-foot shoulder on each side of the structure and concrete sidewalks to comply with MassDOT’s current complete streets directives.  The widening would also allow for approach geometry and safety improvements at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Aitchison Street.


A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The City of Worcester is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this meeting.


Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the meeting shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above.  Plans will be on display one-half hour before the meeting begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions regarding this project.  A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below.


Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Information Meeting regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Bridge Project Management, Project File No. 606317. Such submissions will also be accepted at the meeting.  Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public meeting transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Meeting.  Project inquiries may be emailed to dot.feedback.highway@state.ma.us


This location is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print), as available.  For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone (857-368-8580), fax (857-368-0602), TTD/TTY (857-368-0603) or by email (MassDOT.CivilRights@dot.state.ma.us).  Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten (10) business days before the meeting.


In case of inclement weather, meeting cancellation announcements will be posted on the internet at http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Highway/