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Roadwork & Detours: Natick & Randolph

Both Natick and Randolph, Massashusetts have scheduled roadwork that will result in detours and delays in April and May.


Route 27 Truck Detour between Route 9 and Route 30: Temporary truck detour in place from April 1 through the beginning of May.

In Natick, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that a truck detour will be implemented on Route 27 in the town starting Monday, April 1, to allow construction operations to take place. Passenger vehicle travel will not be impacted.

During the work, all northbound and southbound truck travel will be prohibited on Route 27 between Route 9 and Route 30. Those impacted will be directed to follow the detour signs in place and utilize Speen Street. It is expected the truck detour on Route 27 will be in place through the beginning of May.

Appropriate signage, law enforcement details, and messaging will be in place to guide drivers through the work area.


Route 24 over Canton Street Bridge Replacement. In Randolph there will be an upcoming weekend bridge replacement on Route 24 over Canton Street. While a full closure will not take place on Route 24, the lanes will be reduced from three lanes to two lanes within the project area; additionally, the local road under the Route 24 bridge, Canton Street, will be closed to all traffic. We anticipate heavy travel delays on Route 24 as well as I-93 based on the vicinity of the project to the Route 24/I-93 interchange.

From Friday April 5 at 8:00 p.m. to Monday April 8 at 4:00 a.m., the southbound bridge along Route 24 in Randolph will be replaced. Route 24 and Canton Street below the bridge will be impacted.

As vehicles approach the Route 24 bridges over Canton Street, travel lanes will be reduced from three lanes to two. Southbound traffic will be shifted onto the northbound bridge which will carry two lanes in each direction. After passing through the work zone, vehicles will return to the normal traffic pattern along Route 24.

Canton Street closure and detour: Friday April 5 at 5:00 p.m. to Monday April 8 at 4:00 p.m. Before the closure on Friday, Canton Street will maintain one lane of alternating traffic with police detail. During the closure, Canton Street will be closed to vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. Vehicles will be redirected on an 11-mile detour.

Kevin Holmes ATG

ATG’s Kevin Holmes named a Business Leader of the Year

Kevin Holmes ATGAdvantage Truck Group was founded in 1984 in a two-pumper service station with $12,000, Kevin Holmes’s life savings. He was undercapitalized, but he jumped in anyway.

“Nine thousand dollars went into gas in the ground and the rest into rent,” Holmes said.

ATG is now New England’s biggest Daimler Trucks North America dealer and the company opened its eighth regional location in 2021. The expansion came after it merged its sales and service provider Tri-State Truck Center with McDevitt Truck in New Hampshire in 2018.

The Worcester Business Journal named Kevin one of 2024’s Business Leaders of the Year, representing central Massachusetts.


Ed Rodricks

Ed Rodricks Annual GBFB Volunteer Day

Our annual volunteer day In honor of Ed Rodricks will happen on June 1 at the Greater Boston Food Bank.

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Massachusetts makes ATRI’s list of Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released its 13th annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.

The 2024 Top Truck Bottleneck List measures the level of truck-involved congestion at over 325 locations on the national highway system. Based on extensive freight truck GPS data, the analysis uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations, to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location.


Rank #51
Boston, MA: I-93 at SR 3

Rank #71
Boston, MA: I-95 at I-90

Rank #94
Boston, MA: I-95 at I-93 (North)

Click here to read the full report on the ATRI website.

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Overweight Truck Detours – I-90 between Westfield & Lee

Updated on Jan. 9, 2024

Updated weight restrictions beginning Jan. 10

Based on feedback and information from the trucking community and impacts to the communities affected by the detour, MassDOT performed additional analysis to determine if weight restrictions could be modified on the Montgomery-Russell Bridge to allow heavier loads to travel along I-90 and not use the detour.

The analysis concluded that the weight restrictions could be modified to some extent. The modified weight restrictions are based upon a thorough assessment by the MassDOT Highway Division’s Structural Section, as well as changes made to the operations, equipment staging, etc., by the contractor.

If unforeseen issues arise during construction, weight restrictions may change, and the bridge may be posted with new restrictions for safety purposes.

The Montgomery – Russell Bridge along I-90 is currently under construction through 2025. The bridge is located at approximately mile marker 36 and spans US Route 20, CSX Railroad, and the Westfield River.

Due to the necessary repair work, construction staging, construction equipment loads, and travel lane shifts, it is necessary to limit the loads over the bridge and implement an overweight truck detour beginning December 4 and lasting through 2025.

This weight restriction and detour will not impact private passenger vehicles and most other traffic. Based on analysis of special permits and tolling data, MassDOT anticipates this detour will impact approximately 10 to 15 trucks daily.

What trucks are affected?

Loads over the below limits will be detoured off I-90 and onto Routes 10, 202, and 20. The detour will be in effect for two years and adds six miles to a trip. Overweight trucks will not be permitted to utilize the detour route during peak hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Advance truck detour signs will be posted on I-90, and detour signs will be posted along the detour route.

Trucks with the following maximum weight limits are permitted to travel across the bridge as of Jan. 10:

  • 20 Tons (single unit two-axle, H20)
  • 45 Tons (single unit three+ axles, Type 3)
  • 50 Tons (truck trailer combo, Type 3S2)
  • 55 Tons* (truck trailer-trailer combo, Type 3-3)

Tandem trucks over the 55-ton limit must break down before entering Massachusetts (traveling eastbound on I-90) or in Chicopee (traveling westbound on I-90) at Exit 51.

MassDOT has a PDF showing eastbound and westbound truck detour routes and additional details concerning the detour.

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Resources are available for safe truck parking in Massachusetts

The American Trucking Association, in cooperation with the National Tank Truck Carriers, Truckload Carriers Association and the Trucking Association of Massachusetts (TAM), wrote to Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey referencing the federal Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act. The act provides significant resources to state and local governments to address truck parking capacity.

The letter encourages the governor to use these resources, as well as other non-federal resources, to prioritize and address this serious safety problem.

Below is the text of the letter to the governor.

Dear Governor Healey,

The American Trucking Associations, our state partners and other affiliated organizations represent the interests of trucking companies and their employees. This includes 3.5 million truck drivers who are the unsung heroes of our supply chain, each year driving over 320 billion miles to deliver roughly 12 billion tons of freight. Every one of those miles represents a stocked store shelf, a package placed on a household doorstep, materials delivered to a manufacturer, and equipment conveyed to a construction site. These professional men and women deliver the goods we rely on safely, securely, and on time while serving as role models in their communities. Too often, however, drivers are unable to find a safe place to rest after a long day on the road due to a severe shortage of truck parking. We are asking for your assistance with this longstanding and growing safety problem.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), 98 percent of truck drivers regularly experience difficulty finding safe parking—a sharp uptick from the 75 percent figure reported just four years earlier. USDOT also found that the truck parking shortage exists in every state and region. Year after year, truck drivers have indicated that the parking shortage is one of the top three challenges they face, rising to number one in 2022. With the volume of freight moved by trucks expected to increase by more than 21% over the next decade, this problem is only going to get worse.

The lack of available truck parking has dire safety implications for both truck drivers and the motoring public. When drivers are unable to find safe, authorized parking, they are stuck in an untenable situation, forced to either park in unsafe or illegal locations, or violate federal hours-of-service regulations by continuing to search for safer, legal alternatives. As a last resort, drivers reluctantly park in unsafe locations—such as highway shoulders, interstate entrance and exit ramps, and abandoned properties—creating heightened safety risks for themselves and other motorists. The hazards of the parking shortage were sadly brought to the nation’s attention in July, when three passengers were killed and many others seriously injured after a Greyhound bus hit three tractor-semitrailers parked on the shoulder of a rest area’s exit ramp on I-70 in Illinois. The drivers were forced to park on the shoulder when the rest area filled up.

Drivers do not park in these locations by choice. One survey found that 84% of drivers feel unsafe when parked in unauthorized areas, and this is especially true for female truck drivers. Law enforcement officers also face a difficult decision: either force truck drivers to relocate, placing them in violation of HOS rules and taking a risk that the drivers may be too fatigued to drive safely, or allow the drivers to remain parked illegally. The bottom line is that safety is compromised when truck parking is not readily available.

Fortunately, with the passage of the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (Public Law 117-58), significant resources are now available to state and local governments to address this critical challenge. Construction of new truck parking capacity at rest areas or adjacent to private facilities is eligible for funding, as are improvements that allow for increased parking capacity at nontraditional locations, such as weigh stations and commuter lots, when appropriate. According to a memorandum issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation on September 20, 2022, these resources are available under several federal-aid highway programs, including:

  • National Highway Performance Program;
  • Surface Transportation Block Grant Program;
  • Highway Safety Improvement Program;
  • Carbon Reduction Program; and
  • National Highway Freight Program.

Additionally, transportation agencies can apply to USDOT for grants under a number of discretionary programs, including:

  • Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight & Highway Projects Program (AKA INFRA);
  • National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) Program;
  • Local and Regional Project Assistance Program (AKA RAISE); and
  • Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program.

Several federal formula and discretionary programs are available for funding additional improvements, such as electrification, resiliency and technology solutions.

Some states have already utilized these resources to increase parking capacity or improve the operational efficiency of existing facilities. This includes at least half a dozen projects funded by federal grants and several more paid for through states’ federal-aid highway formula dollars.

Beyond these familiar DOT funding streams, the Department of the Treasury recently confirmed the eligibility of COVD-19 funds awarded to states and local agencies for infrastructure projects. In this notice, Treasury clarified that state and local government agencies that have unspent money from their Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) can use a portion of those resources for investment in infrastructure, which could include truck parking facilities.

Truck drivers are the backbone of our society and our economy. Without them, the daily conveniences we take for granted—from fresh water to fuel to the literal roofs over our heads—would not exist. We urge you to examine the availability of truck parking within your State and take such actions as are necessary to ensure that truck drivers have a safe place to sleep when they are out on the road delivering more than 70% of America’s freight. We hope you will use the aforementioned resources, as well as other non-Federal resources, to prioritize and address this serious safety problem. If you would like to discuss this issue further, please contact us directly.


Chris Spear
American Trucking Associations

Kevin Weeks
Trucking Association of Massachusetts

Ryan Streblow
National Tank Truck Carriers

Jim Ward
Truckload Carriers Association

Andrew Boyle

Andrew Boyle elected ATA’s 79th chairman

Andrew BoyleWe are pleased to announce TAM’s own Andrew Boyle of Boyle Transportation has been elected as Chairman of the American Trucking Associations.

“It is a tremendous privilege to be chosen by my peers in the trucking industry to be ATA chairman,” Boyle said. “Being selected to serve the millions of hardworking men and women who make up this great industry is an incredible honor, and I’m excited to take on this challenge.”


Read the full post at the Transport Topics website.

TAM golf annual event

Biggest golf event ever!

TAM golf annual eventThanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Golf Event, our biggest field ever, despite the lack of sunshine. While it was a little damp, we still had a great time and, just as importantly, raised over $3,200 for our scholarship fund.

Congratulations to the team from QPWB (David Willis, Kevin Faber, Don Zambrano and Mike Hagerty) with a winning score of 14 under. Congrats to the foursome from Rich’s Transportation (Daniel Sullivan, Tim Watson, John Sullivan and Jason Cook) with a 2nd place score of 10 under.

Kate Broga (Boyle Transportation), Joe Lawless (FedEx), Jane Carole Bunting (Daycos) and Tim Watson (Rich’s Transportation) picked up individual prizes as well.

See you next year!


TAM Call on Washington 2023 attendees

Call on Washington a success

Special thanks to TAM Chairman John McKenna and Past Chairs Stephen Normandin and Andrew Boyle for participating in our DC meetings last month. We met with the Massachusetts delegation during a very busy day on Sept. 13.

We discussed multiple issues that included the following.

  • Workforce training opportunities
  • Truck parking issues
  • Electric vehicle hurdles
  • Federal Excise Tax issues, and various other topics.

This is an important annual event for us at the local and national levels, and we are delighted to participate.

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TAM Testimony – Training tomorrow’s trucking workforce

The following testimony was sent to the Joint Committee on Transportation chairs. Our testimony supports House Bill 3371, directing the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to create a grant program that would support training and education programs that address the workforce shortages in the commercial trucking industry.

The testimony in support of House Bill 3371, An Act Relative to Training Tomorrow’s Trucking Workforce, is also available as a PDF download.

Dear Chair Crighton, Chair Straus and Members of the Committee:

On behalf of the Trucking Association of Massachusetts (TAM), I am writing in strong support for House Bill 3371, An Act Relative to Training Tomorrow’s Trucking Workforce. With the trucking industry experiencing one of its greatest workforce challenges in recent years, it is essential that the Commonwealth strengthen its pipeline for developing a new workforce for this vital industry.

As drafted, House Bill 3371 seeks to bring a new generation of qualified workers into the trucking profession by directing the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to create a grant program, subject to appropriation, that would support training and education programs that address the workforce shortages in the commercial trucking industry. The applicable areas of the trucking workforce targeted would include truck drivers, mechanics, technicians, and ancillary support personnel. The grant program would be used to train students, create new jobs, retrain and upgrade existing jobs, and retrain existing workers to implement new technologies and to help meet the workforce needs of the trucking industry within the Commonwealth.

House Bill 3371 is an important initiative for growing the trucking industry in Massachusetts. The creation of this program will allow for the training of students and transitioning career professionals — creating new jobs while improving the retainage and upgrading of existing jobs to help meet the growing workforce needs of the trucking industry. As reported by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), “there is no single cause of the driver shortage, but some of the primary factors include: high average age of current drivers, which leads to a high number of retirements; women making up only 7% of all drivers, well below their representation in the total workforce; the pandemic caused some drivers to leave the industry, [and] truck driver training schools trained far fewer drivers than normal in 2020. At current trends, the shortage could surpass 160,000 in 2030. This forecast is based on driver demographic trends, including gender and age, as well as expected freight growth. “Truck Driver Shortage Analysis Update 2021”, American Trucking Associations (October 2021).

Truck drivers play a crucial role in the current economy. 93% of all goods transported into and within the Commonwealth have been on a truck. Every item on the shelves of Massachusetts retailers are filled with products transported by the trucking industry. With interest in the profession dwindling, there is a clear need to encourage this career path. The revitalization of the profession is important for more than just the trucking companies, but the Commonwealth as a whole. This initiative will create a mechanism for a wide variety of organizations and employers to train and hire trucking professionals to fill the Commonwealth’s workforce shortage.

I appreciate your consideration of this important matter and respectfully request that you issue a favorable report to this legislation. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.


Kevin Weeks
Executive Director