INFRASTRUCTURE

While lawmakers may have returned to their districts to campaign for re-election, work continues on Beacon Hill.

No, not on legislation  — but on the restoration of the historic Senate Chamber, located directly below the famed golden dome.

Dozens of skilled craftsmen are painstakingly working out of sight, behind construction walls that seal off the chamber from the rest of the State House. The sounds of saws, hammers and all sorts construction equipment echo through the marble halls of the historic building.

A pocket of eastern Connecticut where hundreds, if not thousands, of homeowners are struggling with crumbling foundations has become a popular stop for political candidates seeking statewide office in this year's election.

A new report offers New England states a roadmap for creating a future transportation system that is cleaner and more accessible.

Longmeadow- Russell Dupere and his wife Tatiana are facing issues with the cement used in the foundation of their Ashford Road home. Here are deteriorating portions of the foundation
Don Treeger / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is considering a state budget that includes funding to test whether the foundations of some homes are contaminated with a mineral that causes serious damage.

The city of Hartford has selected RMS Companies to develop 32 properties surrounding Dunkin’ Donuts Park near the intersection of Albany Avenue and Main Street  -- an area known as “Downtown North.”

A scene from a May 2017 event on Route 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge between Holyoke and South Hadley, Massachusetts.
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There’s a last-minute push on Beacon Hill to allow local communities in Massachusetts to vote on new regional taxes to pay for their own transportation projects, an option available in most other states.

The dense network of cables that make up the Internet is likely to be inundated with saltwater as sea levels rise, a new analysis suggests, putting thousands of miles of critical infrastructure along U.S. coastlines underwater in the next 15 years.

A billboard in Springfield, Massachusetts, advertises construction careers for women.
Saskia de Melker / NEPR

Seven years ago, getting into carpentry wasn’t even on Tyeka Robinson’s radar. She was a single mom struggling to make ends meet.

“I was working these odd and end jobs and not enough money to pay the bills,” she said. “I didn’t have a clue how to join the trades.”

A CTrail train seen at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Frederick J. Gore / Special to The Republican / masslive.com/photos

If you don’t have a car, getting around in western Massachusetts and Connecticut can be tricky. More trains now carry daily passengers between Springfield and Connecticut cities. But the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is raising bus fares and threatening service cuts. There's a cycle to this: Low ridership can mean weak economic investment near transit stations. And that means even fewer people ride. 

There's more rain falling on some parts of the U.S. than there used to be, and many towns just aren't ready for the flooding that follows.

Ellicott City, Md., is one such community. Nestled in a valley west of Baltimore, the town was founded in 1772, and some Revolutionary War-era buildings still house businesses along the narrow main street in historic downtown. It also sits at the confluence of three streams.

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