MBTA Contract A29CN01: Light Rail Accessibility Program E-Line Stations

Boston, MA

The Huntington Avenue Light rail accessibility project displayed McCourt’s ability to work with several stake holders, to work in live traffic and to work on active rail lines. In this interagency light rail Project run by the MBTA, with funding contributions from MassDOT, the City of Boston, Boston Water and Sewer, and Northeastern University, McCourt reconstructed Hungtington Avenue near several universities. The work involved in this project included removing and replacing approximately 2500LF of track and track bed; rebuilding five MBTA stations and associate structures; replacing a high-voltage catenary system above the tracks; and rebuilding the sidewalks, curb, bituminous asphalt, stamped asphalt crosswalks and landscaping. The track work on this project was completed by shutting down the track during weekends and working around the clock. In conjunction with this Project, McCourt Construction installed a steam line 14’ beneath the tracks for Northeastern University.
Project Overview
Owner: Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority
Final Value: $22,300,000
Completion Date: June, 2007

Unique Project Features
• Work on and around live tracks
• Rebuild 5 MBTA light rail stations
• Jack & Bore utilities beneath MBTA tracks
• Work around pedestrians, business’s & colleges with as little impact as possible
• Extremely heavy pedestrian traffic from several area colleges
• Scheduled to accommodate limited downtime of transit line
• Work & coordinate with several city & state agencies


Wednesay, June 13, 2007
Aviation News
By Staff

AvTurf is installing the first-ever glue-down application of an artificial grass at an airport, company CEO Joe Dobson reports.

Working through prime contractor McCourt Construction, AvTurf is supplying Boston’s Logan International Airport with about 135,000 square feet of artificial turf. The material is covering asphalt “islands” that are currently painted green to set them apart from surrounding taxiway areas.

Besides cutting down on maintenance–the islands must be painted yearly–the turf is expected to enhance safety by providing a more striking contrast for pilots. Part of the installation is over a section of deactivated taxiway area.

Meanwhile, San Francisco International (SFO) is poised to become the first airport to test artificial turf with a logo. AvTurf will create an installation with SFO’s logo on it.

The project is meant to trial the concept of developing a revenue stream by offering revenue-generation opportunities in combination with artificial turf installations, Dobson explained. The color is embedded in the fibers. The Boston and San Francisco projects add to AvTurf’s list of firsts.

The company also has the first artificial turf runway to its credit, at Colorado’s Calhan Airport.