Storage facilities for MassDOT are under construction near I-93

A MassDOT storage facility under construction, as seen last week from I-93. John Forry photo

A construction project that’s currently underway and visible from I-93 near the Freeport Street exit in Dorchester will house two salt sheds and a steel maintenance structure for the state’s Department of Transportation (MassDOT.)

Kristen Pennucci, communications director for MassDOT, said the location was chosen for its “operational efficiency” and close proximity to the highway. Completion of the roughly $3.5 million project is expected by November. 

The project includes a steel maintenance building and two timber salt sheds at the corner of Freeport Street and Victory Road. Over the next few months MDR Construction will remove trees, existing pavement, and a chain link perimeter fence from the project site and backfill new building footings and demolish an existing building at the site. The salt storage sheds will include a roof drainage system. 

The project will also include grading and paving of the site for drainage and a detention area for storm-water runoff, a new chain link perimeter fence, an ADA-compliant entry ramp for access to the maintenance building, curb cuts and curbing, and two new 5,000 gallon liquid tanks. 
The facilities will be used to relocate a salt pile previously stored underneath I-93 in Boston.