Next week MassDOT will host a public meeting at the Copley Library regarding replacement of the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge over Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay:




Project File No. 600867

A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT to discuss the proposed BRIDGE REHABILITATION, B-16-237, MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE (ROUTE 2A) OVER COMMONWEALTH AVENUE project in Boston, MA.

WHERE:         Boston Central Library, Commonwealth Salon
700 Boylston Street, Copley Square
Boston, MA 02116    

WHEN:          Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 6:00PM-8:00PM

PURPOSE:     The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Massachusetts Avenue over Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation project. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.

PROPOSAL:  The proposed project consists of replacement of the bridge carrying Massachusetts Avenue Over Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay, Boston.  The work is planned to be performed using accelerated bridge construction techniques during a long weekend in the summer of 2016.  Leading up to the bridge replacement weekend, utilities will be relocated off the bridge in 2015 and early 2016. The existing walls along Commonwealth Avenue will be repaired and reconstructed. The completed project maintains existing bike lanes on Massachusetts Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue.

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

Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing 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 hearing 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 Hearing 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. 600867. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed to

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 ( 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, hearing cancellation announcements will be posted on the internet at

FRANCIS A. DEPAOLA, P.E.                                                         PATRICIA A. LEAVENWORTH, P.E.
HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATOR                                                    CHIEF ENGINEER

Andrew Bettinelli
Legislative Aide
Office of State Senator William N. Brownsberger