Tobin Bridge & Chelsea local traffic advisories through Sept. 21

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.

Traffic Impacts

  • Route 1 Northbound: Approaching the Tobin Bridge from Boston, the workzone begins in the center lane. Local traffic headed to Chelsea must be in the right lane to access the Beacon Street off-ramp. After Beacon Street, the next opportunity to exit Route 1 Northbound will be at Webster Avenue. 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 right lane at 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.).
  • Ramps: The Fourth Street off-ramp will remain closed for 2-3 months. Overnight on 9/8 after the last MBTA bus, the Beacon Street off-ramp will be closed until 5 a.m.
  • Local Streets: Orange Street under Route 1 will close overnights (7 p.m.–6 a.m.), 9/15 – 9/20. Carter Street lanes will be shifted to allow for a workzone on the westbound side starting 9/9. Traffic will remain two-way and police details will be used to guide travelers.

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).

Summary of Work Completed

In the two weeks prior to September 8, 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: Set up fencing and dust screens. Bridge deck removal and repairs will continue on the right side of the workzone through the Chelsea Curves.
  • Route 1 Southbound: Painting of new deflector plates.
  • 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.

North Washington Street Bridge – Construction through Sept. 21

This is an overview of construction operations and impacts for the North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project through Sept. 21.

Travel Impacts

  • Inbound: One of two lanes open and all turn movements available from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on some weekdays.
  • Outbound: One of two lanes open and all turn movements available from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. on some weekdays.

Paul Revere Park Playground

Description: Installation of new playground equipment will continue in Paul Revere Park.

Work Hours: Daytime (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.) on weekdays.

Temporary Bridge Construction

Description: Construction will continue on the temporary vehicle, pedestrian, and utility bridges including installation of pipes, joints, and bridge spans.

Work Hours: Daytime (6 a.m. – 3 p.m.) on weekdays.

Travel Tips

Pedestrians & 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 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:

  • 9/20 (6:30pm), 9/21 (12pm)

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.

For more information and background, 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.