Tobin Bridge & Chelsea local traffic advisories through Nov. 30

This is a brief overview of construction operations and traffic impacts for the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project. MassDOT will provide additional notices as needed for high-impact work, temporary ramp and street closures, and changes to traffic configurations beyond those described below.

Route 1 Lane Shifts

  • Roadway configuration changes on Route 1 northbound and southbound travel lanes will take place overnight on Saturday, 11/23 and Sunday, 11/24, weather permitting.
  • Beginning Monday, 11/25, the new workzones will begin in the left lanes on Route 1 northbound and southbound.
  • Exact dates of lane shifts may adjust if needed.
  • Overnight work will begin one hour after the completion of events at TD Garden.
  • Drivers should take care to pay attention to all signage and move carefully through the workzones. Police details, lane markings, temporary barriers, traffic cones, signage, and other tools will be used to control traffic and create safe work zones.

Traffic Impacts

  • Route 1 Northbound: Approaching the Tobin Bridge from Boston, the workzone begins in the left lane and continues in the center lane. 2 of 3 travel lanes will be open during daytime hours (5 a.m. – 10 p.m.) and at least 1 travel lane will be open during overnight hours (10 p.m. – 5 a.m.).
  • Route 1 Southbound: Approaching the Chelsea Curves from the North Shore, the workzone begins in the left lane before the Carter Street off-ramp. 2 of 3 travel lanes will be open during daytime hours (5 a.m.–10 p.m.) and at least 1 travel lane will be open during overnight hours (10 p.m.–5 a.m.).
  • Fourth Street Off-ramp: The Fourth Street off-ramp will remain closed for approximately 1 more month. Northbound traffic headed to Chelsea must be in the right lane when crossing the bridge to access the Beacon Street off-ramp. After Beacon Street, the next opportunity to exit Route 1 Northbound will be at Webster Avenue.
  • Upcoming Temporary Closures: On Saturday, November 16, Orange Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday, November 23, Spruce Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Carter Street travel lanes passing under Route 1 continue to divert around the active workzone. Signs and police details will be used to guide travelers around the workzones.

Work Hours

  • Most work will occur in during daytime working hours (6 a.m.–2 p.m.) on weekdays. Some work will take place during afternoon (2 p.m.–7 p.m) and overnight hours (7 p.m.–6 a.m.) and on Saturdays (7 a.m.–7 p.m).
  • No work will occur on Thursday, November 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Summary of Work Completed

In the two weeks prior to October 20, crews continued work on the bridge deck, repaired and erected steel, waterproofed bridge deck, installed dust containment systems, power washed and excavated support column footings, and placed concrete columns.

Description of Scheduled Work

  • Route 1 Northbound: Bridge deck repairs will continue in the center lane over the Tobin Bridge until 11/23 when the workzone will move into the left lane. Bridge deck removal and installation of new bridge deck will take place through the Chelsea Curves.
  • Route 1 Southbound: Painting of new deflector plates and steel repairs. Bridge deck removal and installation of new bridge deck will take place through the Chelsea Curves.
  • Underneath Route 1: Replace and paint steel; continue installation of dust containment systems; power wash and paint columns and support beams; excavate, drill, and grout around support columns; erect steel; and place new concrete columns.
  • Ramps and Local Streets: Safety and crash barrier improvements at the Fourth Street Ramp. Power washing, painting, and reinforcement of concrete support columns on Carter Street. Steel painting and repairs continue on the Beacon Street off-ramp.

For more information about the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project, visit the project website.

North Washington Street Bridge – Construction through Nov. 30

This is an overview of construction operations and impacts for the North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project through Nov. 30.

Travel Impacts

  • N. Washington Street Inbound: Off-peak daytime lane reductions will continue across the bridge to Keany Square. One of two lanes and all turn movements will be available from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on weekdays and overnight on 11/2, 11/5, 11/8, 11/9, 11/12, 11/13, and 11/15.
  • N. Washington Street Inbound: Off-peak daytime lane reductions will continue across the bridge to Keany Square. One of two lanes and all turn movements will be available from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on weekdays and overnight on 11/17, 11/18, 11/19, 11/25, and 11/26.
  • N. Washington Street Outbound: Off-peak daytime lane reductions will continue across the bridge to City Square. One of two lanes open and all turn movements will be available from 7 a.m.–2 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays.
  • Charles River Dam Pedestrian Walkway Closure: Starting on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, and continuing through Thursday, November 21, 2019, the pedestrian walkway over the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)-controlled Charles River Dam locks will close for necessary maintenance at the DCR facility.

Description of Scheduled Work

  • Construction of bridge spans and supports for the temporary pedestrian and vehicle bridge and utility bridge including installation of bridge spans and supports, welding, and excavation at the north and south ends of the bridge.
  • Utility work by Eversource and National Grid includes running cables underground and over the temporary utility bridge.

Work Hours

  • Daytime (6 a.m.–4 p.m.) on weekdays and Saturdays and overnight (9 p.m.–7 a.m.) on 11/2, 11/3, 11/5, 11/8, 11/9, 11/12, 11/13, and 11/15.
  • No work will occur on Thursday, November 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Travel Tips

Pedestrians and Cyclists: The bridge’s eastern sidewalk is open and available to all pedestrians and cyclists with crossings at both Keany and City Squares. Please be advised that the DCR-controlled Charlestown locks can provide another alternate route, but may close without warning and beyond control of this project. During Tudor Wharf walkway closures, pedestrian access will be provided via the Water Street underpass and guidance signage will be provided.

All: All users should take care to pay attention to all signage and police details and move carefully through the work zone. Police details, lane markings, temporary barriers, traffic cones, signage, and other tools will be used to control traffic and create safe work zones.

The contractor is coordinating with the TD Garden and local police to provide awareness and manage traffic impacts during events. For your awareness, during this look-ahead period, the following days include events scheduled at the TD Garden:

  • Bruins: 11/21 at 7 p.m., 11/23 at 7 p.m., 11/29 at 7 p.m.
  • Celtics: 11/25 at 7:30 p.m., 11/27 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Concerts and Events: 11/18 at 7:30 p.m., 11/20 at 6 p.m., 11/22 at 7 p.m., 11/24 at 7:30 p.m.

MassDOT is also working on the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project which requires significant traffic impacts including 24/7 lane closures. For information or to sign up for project-specific construction look-aheads like this one, visit the project website.

Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves – Route 1 North center lane closed

Route 1 north roadway configuration shifts so center lane closed 24/7

From MassDOT.

MassDOT has announced that the lane closures and roadway configuration on Route 1 northbound in Chelsea will shift on Monday, August 19 so that the center lane on this section of highway will be closed 24/7. Both the right and left travel lanes will be open during daytime hours, and only one travel lane will be open during overnight hours. This configuration will be in place for the next three to four months and is associated with the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project.

Click here for the full release from MassDOT.

 

Advisory: Sumner Tunnel Toll Plaza Reconstruction

On Monday, June 17, 2019, MassDOT will activate the permanent swing gates and electronic signage controlling the swing lane at the Sumner Tunnel Portal where Route 1A enters the tunnel.

The system will automate and enhance the process currently in-place for the deployment of the swing lane to alert motorists to the status of the swing gates as they approach the tunnel.

Images of the changes have been provided by MassDOT within a PDF document.

MassDOT: Current projects with lane impacts

MassDOT has updated their Current Construction Projects with Lane Impacts, as well as the presentation with an overview of 2019 construction projects. The documents were updated May 16.

For additional information and details on construction projects that may effect your business, visit the MassDOT Highlighted Projects website.