Mass. Ave. plan approved for bidding

The state Department of Transportation today upgraded the status of the plan to rebuild Mass. Ave. in East Arlington to “Advertised,” keeping the project on track for construction to begin next year.

Today’s action marks the end of state and federal review of the design, which is essentially final. Any remaining procedural requirements are pro forma.

The approval was reported today on Mass DOT’s project web page.

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Detail from Mass DOT web page under “Arlington.”

Several procedural actions are still pending. For instance, the Commonwealth must publish a request for bids, and the Selectmen must formally agree to maintain the road once the project is completed.

Update: Alert reader Mark Kaepplein spotted official notice of the contract in today’s newspapers. One such appears on page B8 of today’s Boston Globe, where the project is one of 3 listed under the heading “Wednesday, January 22, 2014 @ 2:00 P.M.”

This notice comes 9 days before the end of the U.S. fiscal year and qualifies the project for state and federal funding. The project is not yet listed on the Commonwealth’s procurement web site.

Further Update: The Town is expressly characterizing this as “approval from Federal Highway Administration,” in case anyone is wondering where that once-skeptical agency stands on this today.

More Further Update: Arlington Patch’s John Waller has the story, including a pretty good summing up.

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4 comments so far

  1. ai gp on

    Says “Design” as of 2013-09-22 at 7:52pm

    • Adam Auster on

      Since today is the 21st, I wonder if you might be misreading something.

  2. Mark Kaepplein on

    A request for bids was published in today’s newspapers. With no word that the Federal Highway Administration had approved either the 75% plan or the 100% plan, MassDOT’s action appears unilateral, but understandable in order to beat the end of FFY2013 deadline.


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