Friday, April 22, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Amesbury & Salisbury – Route 286, I-95 South, and I-495 South Overnight Ramp Closures, April 20 & 21
MassDOT’s contractor, Walsh-McCourt JV1, will close the Route 286/Main Street on-ramp to I-95 South on Wednesday, April 20, and Thursday, April 21, from 8:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning. Traffic on Route 286/Main Street destined for I-95 South should follow the signed detour route:
- Take Rabbit Road south and turn right on Route 110/Elm Street in Amesbury. After crossing I-95, turn right to take the ramp to I-95 South.
The contractor will also close the I-95 South on-ramp to I-495 South from 10:00 PM on Thursday, April 21, to 5:00 AM on Friday, April 22. Traffic on I-95 South destined for I-495 South should follow the signed detour route:
- Proceed past the I-495 South on-ramp to Exit 58 for Route 110 and turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto Route 110 West. Follow Route 110 West past Rocky Hill Road and turn right onto the on-ramp to I-495 South.
Both ramp closures are necessary to mill pavement on I-95 South. MassDOT began milling asphalt on I-95 South from Route 286 in Salisbury to Route 110 in Amesbury on Tuesday, April 19. The milling work will prepare the roadway for a new overlay of pavement.
MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays. Drivers should expect an uneven roadway surface, and motorcyclists in particular should use care. Those traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.
Monday, April 18, 2016
MassDOT will begin milling asphalt on I-95 South from Route 286 in Salisbury to Route 110 in Amesbury on Tuesday, April 19. The contractor, Walsh-McCourt JV1, will implement a continuous, 24-hours-a-day lane closure from 7:00 AM on Tuesday, April 19, through 5:00 AM on Friday, April 22, to facilitate the work. The location of the lane closure will vary. This work will prepare the roadway for a new overlay of pavement.
Through traffic will be maintained in each direction at all times. MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays. Drivers should expect an uneven roadway surface, and motorcyclists in particular should use care. Those traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
MOM'S STORY PERSONALIZES PITCH FOR "ACTIVE DUTY" TAX BREAK BILL
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 5, 2016.....The mail didn't stop when Alfina Amato was deployed with the U.S. Army to Afghanistan and her mother, Diane, dutifully collected and kept track of the envelopes while she was away.
Among those envelopes was the excise tax bill for Alfina's car, which sat untouched while the Methuen resident was overseas. As each excise tax bill came in, Diane Amato paid the bill while wondering why her daughter was being charged a tax on a car that she was thousands of miles away from driving.
"She's in Afghanistan and she's really going through hell, and that's exactly what it is over there, and I said, 'something has to be done to help these people,'" Diane Amato said.
Amato testified Tuesday morning in support of a bill (H 4073) filed by Methuen Rep. Diana DiZoglio to exempt members of the armed forces serving on active duty from the automobile excise tax.
Any member of the military "deployed or stationed outside the territorial boundaries of the commonwealth for a period of at least 45 days in the calendar year" would be exempt from paying the excise tax on one non-commercial motor vehicle registered in their own name or jointly with a spouse.
"We, for years in the commonwealth, have provided disabled veterans and former prisoners of war with the ability to be exempted from motor vehicle excise taxes," DiZoglio said. "After hearing Alfina's story I felt strongly that this opportunity should also be expanded to all active duty military members during their services."
The exemption has already been implemented by the Methuen and Lowell city councils, DiZoglio said, but the bill would make the exemption available to military members statewide.
According to the most recent numbers made available by the Defense Manpower Data Center, there are 3,784 active duty military personnel from Massachusetts.
Exempting service men and women from the excise tax and sparing them from the possibility of incurring late fees or penalties, supporters said, would help make the transition from active duty to civilian life a bit easier.
"When they come home they have a lot on their plates, I know my daughter did when she came home last year," Amato told the Joint Committee on Revenue. "I know an excise tax isn't a lot, but when you do a little of this and a little of that, it really does add up to them."
Peggy Griffin, president of Gold Star Wives of Greater Boston, said her organization supports DiZoglio's bill because it would make the burden of paperwork "a little less difficult for the members of our military."
"When veterans are discharged from the military or even when they're in active duty, paperwork is an ongoing problem and hassle for all," she said.
To recoup the money that would be go uncollected through the exemption, DiZoglio said, the bill allows municipalities to add $3 to the fee connected to the issuance of a warrant to collect unpaid motor vehicle or trailer excise tax from a delinquent taxpayer.