State transportation officials issued an update on Monday regarding the North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project. Notably, plans for a temporary bridge discussed at previous meetings have been confirmed in order to provided greater access for traffic during construction, including cars, bikes and pedestrians along the Freedom Trail. An existing playground at Paul Revere Park in Charlestown will be relocated (and expanded) within the park but further away from the construction zone. The temporary bridge was described in detail at a December 2015 public meeting (45:00 in video).Construction is currently expected to be completed in 2023. Further details are included in the news release below. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that it is finalizing plans for the construction of a temporary bridge structure which will carry all modes of travel during work on its $177 million project to replace the City of Boston-owned North Washington Street Bridge, which provides access for traffic over the Boston Inner Harbor between the North End and Charlestown.Details are currently being finalized regarding the temporary bridge, which will likely be constructed beginning in 2019, and will help optimize the schedule of work and reduce the project duration by several months. The addition of the temporary bridge is not expected to impact the overall project budget.The temporary bridge will be located next to the current bridge structure and will help promote reliable travel and minimize impacts to MBTA bus service. This will ensure that motorists have a minimum of three total travel lanes throughout the duration of the project, while providing access for bicyclists and pedestrians and reducing the need to rely on the existing bridge structure to carry traffic.“We are committed to carrying out this major project and replacing this bridge structure in ways that minimize the impact on the traveling public and local communities,” said Highway Administrator Gulliver. “By adding a temporary bridge to our construction process, we will ensure that there are always at least three total lanes of travel available for vehicles as well as bicycle and pedestrian access, and we will help optimize the construction operations to reduce the overall duration of work.”“The City of Boston is pleased to join with our local, state and federal partners on this comprehensive plan that will expedite the rebuilding of the North Washington Street Bridge,” said Boston Chief of Streets Chris Osgood. “With any construction project, we place a premium on ensuring residents are able to travel safely and efficiently around our city. We look forward to exchanging dialogue with our West End, Charlestown, and North End neighbors for the duration of the project.”The addition of this temporary bridge structure will help improve bridge demolition and construction operations, and eliminate the need to reduce traffic to one lane in each direction during demolition of the main span. Pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained on the temporary bridge, which will also mark and carry the historic Freedom Trail.The existing playground in Paul Revere Park will need to be relocated prior to the addition of the temporary bridge. It will be relocated within the park, further west towards the North Bank Bridge. This new community asset will be rebuilt with improved amenities and will be located further from the construction zone.A series of public meetings in Charlestown, the North End, and the West End, will be held to inform the public about the details of this construction plan. More details about these meetings will be provided as they are finalized. Members of the public are encouraged to visit the project website to sign up for email notices of these meetings.This month, utility operations began through this project, and in spring 2019, MassDOT will begin the significant construction operations. The bridge is a critical link in the MBTA bus network, providing passage for several Haymarket destined bus routes from the north including the 92, 93, 111, and 426. MassDOT and the MBTA have been in close coordination and every effort is being made to minimize the travel time delays for these routes. MassDOT has also re-sequenced other projects including work to repair the Tobin Bridge to better accommodate public transit customers.Construction is currently expected to be completed in 2023, and the full scope of work includes replacing the existing structurally deficient bridge, providing multi-modal amenities including widened sidewalks, separated bicycle lanes, and bus rapid transit lanes, increasing intersection safety and capability, and improving the navigation channel.This project is being carried out to improve the functionality of the bridge and ensure reliable travel throughout this area. This bridge is 118 years old and carries intercity vehicles as well as local MBTA bus, shuttle, and tour bus routes. The bridge is currently safe for travel, but is nearing the end of its usable life cycle.For more information on the North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project, please visit the project website. *Advertisement*
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Prepared by FFWPU RwandaKigali CityIn Kigali we held 7-day Divine Principle workshop from June 4th to June 11, 2017. Our aim for this workshop was to prepare candidates for upcoming holy marriage blessing which will take place in September 2017.Most of the participants came from palaces near Kigali city. Pastor Ruyenzi Apollo from Nyagatare district, who is also a trained primary school teacher, is training to be a Divine Principle lecturer. He wanted to mobilize his school staff for the blessing so he is preparing five people. One upcountry blessed member from Gatsibo district wants to go and prepare 20 couples from his area, Gatsibo.All participants graduated were very much inspired to do more witnessing for the blessing and specially preparing their own relatives. We are mobilizing more blessed couples and Youth trained lecturers in different areas to do regular Divine Principle seminars in their local countryside areas.Rubavu District We held a 7-day Divine Principle workshop in Rubavu District (Western Province) from June 19 to 25, 2017. We had 15 participants, mainly students from 4 different universities. 13 of them are preparing themselves for the matching and blessing 2017.
Prepared by UPF EcuadorThe inauguration ceremony of the International Association of Parliamentary for Peace (IAPP) Chapter-Ecuador was held on December 19, 2017, at the Swissótel in the city of Quito together withmore than 60 persons includes fourteen Actual Assemblymen (from 8 political parties), four Former Assemblymen, religious leaders, social leaders and Peace Ambassadors.Dr. Fausto Segovia Baus, ex-Ministry of Education, an actual Director of UPF-Ecuador gave an opening address as Master of Ceremonies.Following the National Anthem singing, Hon. Raúl Auquilla, an actual Assemblyman gave an address of welcome. He explained the purpose of IAPP that focuses to achieve the World Peace beyond all kind of distinctions, such as politic ideology, race, gender, and other situation of society. Furthermore, he expressed the importance of using internal peace of each member of this Association to project Universal Peace. “Internal Peace allows us to make friendly relationship with the environment, to be transparent, to love all human being without any kind of distinction, and to enjoy in our families. In conclusion, we will be able to have achievement of Universal Peace only in this way. I believe in your great decision to support this organization to make the Universal Peace.”Dong Mo Shin, President of UPF South America introduced about the purpose of the establishment of the IAPP, the process of development, the roles, objects and activities of UPF worldwide, motivating all participants to be militant for Peace.After the presentation of introducing Video of IAPP, Dr. Eduardo Villarreal, Actual President of UPF-Ecuador addressed about the Peace Principle of UPF. Specially, he mentioned the situation of the world using the data by the UN. “While poverty, ignorance, racism, destruction of families, separation of human being, etc. exist in this world, we cannot reach World Peace.” Moreover, he mentioned that “UPF-Ecuador has been working to seek persons for form Peace Ambassadors based on Universal Philosophy for Peace, which is one of legacies of UPF Founder, Dr. Rev. SunMyung Moon, who has showed his quality of human being throughout his tireless work on path of peace in all aspects of life. Nobody can give what one does not have. Today you, as Peace Ambassadors, have an opportunity to take your wise decision to make better world. Welcome.”Sang Seuk Kim, Regional President of FFPUM gave a speech powerfully about the history of initiative of the International Association of Parliamentary for Peace including development of IAPP in Caribe and Central America, and South America.Following the beautiful songs for peace by a singer, Paora Aranda, the Appointment Ceremony of Peace Ambassadors was held. Thirteen Assemblymen who participated in this Inauguration received diploma of Ambassador for Peace and signed the Declaration of IAPP. Furthermore, each of them expressed own determination to support this organization, IAPP Chapter-Ecuador.All participants were very glad to take a part of this new organization for Peace: International Association of Parliamentary for Peace.UPF-Ecuador thanks to all participants, supporters, voluntaries and Peace Ambassadors who took decision to be militants for Peace.
by Claus Dubisz, FFWPU GermanyThe last Divine Principle workshop of 2018 was held on a glorious autumn weekend, 2-4 November, in the Neumühle seminar center. There were thirty-four participants (including staff), of which more than a half were under the age of 30, making for a constellation which we had always hoped to achieve.Dieter Schmidt, Ulrich Tuente and Claus Dubisz gave presentations about different aspects of the Divine Principle; Heidi Wakayama and Hyoman Noguchi were the moderators. Especially successful this time was the family evening, when in addition to the various musical contributions, we engaged enthusiastically in two intergenerational games-lovingly prepared by Mathea Staudinger with the help of members of past HARP committees.The numerous guests listened attentively to the Principle. Despite differing spiritual backgrounds (Christian, Muslim, Druish, Unification and Esoteric), we were all able to understand that the central instrument of God is a loving family – husband and wife, grandparents, parents and children – and this is what unites all mankind.The participants could chose between two alternative ‚golden autumn‘ walks (a longer one to Gnadenthal; a shorter one round the Neumühle), taking the opportunity to experience further aspects of our heavenly parents. And Setsuko Wöllmer and her staff added the final touch with the excellent cuisine.At the end of the weekend, all the participants were offered the Holy Wine (Nectar) in order that God’s Blessing might be present in their lives and good seeds might bring fruit.