News Near-Coastal Transitional Crossing Preliminary Design Request for Responses

DER is seeking applications from Massachusetts municipalities for preliminary design studies relative to replacements of transitional crossings.
  • Division of Ecological Restoration
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The Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) is seeking applications from Massachusetts municipalities interested in replacing waterway crossings in the near-coastal environment that will experience the impacts of sea-level rise and increased storm surge due to climate change. These studies, funded and managed by DER, will provide the agency with critical information for future ecological restoration planning and climate adaptation. Likewise, the studies help landowners and partners assess risks and opportunities during early planning phases of potential aquatic habitat restoration projects. DER will select up to three pilot project sites, that are at early development and/or decision-making stages, to help inform and assist in natural resources and infrastructure planning to develop technical and design guidance for structures that will experience the impacts of sea-level rise (SLR) and coastal storm flooding.

Please be advised that only municipalities are eligible to apply. If a crossing is jointly owned by one or more municipalities, the owner(s) must provide a signed access agreement with the municipality’s application. The RFR is now live and applications will close on October 13, 2023 at 5 p.m. More information is available on COMMBUYS.

  • Division of Ecological Restoration 

    DER restores and protects rivers, wetlands, and watersheds in Massachusetts for the benefit of people and the environment.
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