Public Meeting Notice Public Comment Period and Hearing regarding: Rescind 720 CMR 9.00 and Enact 700 CMR 9.00
Overview of Public Comment Period and Hearing regarding: Rescind 720 CMR 9.00 and Enact 700 CMR 9.00
Notice is hereby given pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, § 2-3, that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, (“MassDOT”) will hold a virtual public hearing on Monday, December 4, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. and accept public comment concerning the following regulatory action:
- Rescind 720 CMR 9.00 – Driving on State Highways
- Enact 700 CMR 9.00 – Driving on State Highways
The proposed changes will repeal and re-codify an obsolete regulation that was promulgated by the former Massachusetts Highway Department (720 CMR 9.00) and replace it with a MassDOT regulation (700 CMR 9.00) that has updated terminology and processes relating to traffic signalization and highway signage making the language consistent with the Manual on Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and 23 CFR 655.603, which will enhance safety for the traveling public on State Highways. The proposed changes also remove redundant sections relating to the transport of hazardous materials in MassDOT tunnels, as this language is already addressed in 700 CMR 7.00. Finally, the amendments also clarify MassDOT’s authority to issue an order suspending the use of a special permit, and / or limiting the time and hours of travel of any vehicle, motor vehicle, including semi-trailers, and tandem units from travel on any of its roadways and routes when required for the purpose of promoting public safety and convenience during periods of commuter and holiday traffic, inclement weather conditions or construction activity, or for other good cause.
Individuals who notify MassDOT of their intent to testify during the hearing will be afforded an earlier opportunity to speak. Speakers are strongly encouraged to notify MassDOT of their intention to testify at the hearing by emailing the address below with the subject line “Regulation Hearing Comment – Driving on State Highways.” Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on January 4, 2024. A public hearing will be held on December 4, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. Written comments must be submitted by email or postal mail to the following address:
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3510
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
A copy of the above-listed regulations may be obtained by contacting Eileen Fenton at the above address or email address.
MassDOT may adopt a revised version of the proposed action taking into account relevant comments received and any other practical alternatives that come to its attention.
For accommodation or language assistance requests, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity & Civil Rights Officer by phone at (857) 368-8580, TTD/TTY at (857) 266 0603, fax (857) 368 0602 or by email to MassDOT.CivilRights@dot.state.ma.us. Requests should be made as soon as possible, ideally at least five business days before the close of the public hearing.
You will need for Public Comment Period and Hearing regarding: Rescind 720 CMR 9.00 and Enact 700 CMR 9.00
MassDOT will hold this hearing remotely on the date and time specified above. To join the hearing, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86725068657