North Washington Street Bridge – Construction July 14 – 27

This is an overview of construction operations and impacts for the North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project between July 14 and July 27.

Travel Impacts

  • Inbound: one lane available on weekdays off-peak, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Keany Sq. inbound: two lanes and all turn movements available overnight, 7 p.m.–5 a.m.
  • Keany Sq. outbound: one lane and all turn movements available on weekdays off-peak, 7 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Tudor Wharf walkway: occasional daytime closures with detour access via Water Street underpass

Night Work

Description: At Keany Square, test pit digging for a future drainage line will begin Monday, July 15 and is expected to be completed by July 27.

Work Hours: Overnight (7 p.m.–5 a.m.), Monday nights through Saturday mornings.

Paul Revere Park Playground

Description: Delivery and installation of new playground equipment will begin in Paul Revere Park.

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

Temporary Bridge Construction

Description: Continued construction of the temporary vehicle, pedestrian, and utility bridges including bridge bents, abutments, and utilities.

Work Hours: Daytime (6 a.m.–4 p.m.) on weekdays and Saturday, July 20.

Utility Installation and Upgrades

Description: Continued installation of a waterline by J.F. White and a gas pipe by National Grid at Keany Square.

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

Travel Tips

MassDOT is 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.

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 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, there are no events scheduled at the TD Garden.

For more information and background, visit the project website.

Tobin Bridge Chelsea Curves – Construction July 14 – 27

This is a brief overview of construction operations and traffic impacts for the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project between July 14 and July 27.

Fourth Street Off-ramp temporary closure begins Monday, July 15

  • Beginning Monday, July 15, the Fourth Street Off-ramp will be closed for 2-3 months for steel repairs, structural rehabilitation, safety improvements, and installation of permanent crash barriers on both sides of the ramp.

Traffic Impacts

  • Route 1 Northbound: Approaching the Tobin Bridge from Boston, the workzone begins in the right 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 right lane at the Carter Street off-ramp. Just beyond the Carter Street on-ramp, the travel lanes shift to the right. 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: Beginning Monday, July 15, the Fourth Street Off-ramp will be closed for 2-3 months.
  • Local Streets: The Spruce Street temporary reconfiguration will remain in place until Fall 2019.

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 (9 p.m.–5 a.m.) and on Saturdays (6 a.m.–2 p.m).

Summary of Work Completed

  • In the two weeks prior to July 14, crews formed bridge deck, cured concrete, repaired steel, bridge deck, and joints, installed dust containment systems, power washed and excavated support column footings, and placed concrete columns.

Description of Scheduled Work

  • Route 1 Northbound: Cure concrete using water hoses, install deck panels and sister beams, repair and paint gutters and deflector plates, and repair steel, bridge deck, and joints. Additionally, on 7/22 crews will begin bridge deck removal on the right side of the workzone through the Chelsea Curves. Clean water used to cure new concrete may drip off the structure due to the condition of the existing drainage system on the bridge.
  • Route 1 Southbound: Weld new deflector plates.
  • Underneath the Structures: Replace and paint steel, continued installation of dust containment system, power wash and paint columns and support beams, excavate, drill, and grout around support columns, and place new concrete columns.

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

Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves rehabilitation update

The following is an update from MassDOT concerning the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project, with a look ahead through July 13. MassDOT will provide additional notices as needed for high-impact work, temporary ramp and street closures, and changes to traffic configurations beyond those described.

No Work on July 4

  • No work will take place on Thursday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

Traffic Impacts

  • Route 1 Northbound: Approaching the Tobin Bridge from Boston, the workzone begins in the righthand 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 right-hand lane at the Carter Street off-ramp. Just beyond the Carter Street on-ramp, the travel lanes shift to the right. 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: All on- and off-ramps will remain open at this time.
  • Local Streets: The Spruce Street temporary reconfiguration will remain in place for approximately 2 months.

Preview of Upcoming Traffic Impacts

  • Beginning on Monday, July 15, the Fourth Street off-ramp will close for 1-2 months for required steel repairs, structural rehabilitation, and safety improvements.

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 (9 p.m.–5 a.m.) and on Saturdays (6 a.m.–2 p.m).

Summary of Work Completed

  • In the two weeks prior to June 30, crews shifted traffic to create continuous work zones, formed bridge deck, cured concrete, repaired steel, bridge deck, and joints, installed a dust containment system, power washed and excavated around support column footings, and placed concrete columns.

Description of Scheduled Work

  • Route 1 Northbound: Form bridge deck, place and cure concrete, and repair steel, bridge deck, and joints. Clean water from a hydrant will be used to cure the concrete and may drip off the structure due the condition of the existing drainage system on the bridge. Crews will also remove asphalt and begin bridge deck demolition in the right-hand side workzone through the Chelsea Curves.
  • Route 1 Southbound: Weld and paint new deflector plates.
  • Underneath the Structures: Replace and paint steel, continued installation of dust containment system, power wash and paint columns and support beams, excavate, drill, and grout around the support columns, and place concrete columns.

North Washington Street bridge replacement

The following is an update from MassDOT concerning the North Washington Street bridge (Charlestown Bridge) replacement project. They are providing this update that includes information applicable through July 13. MassDOT will provide additional notices as needed for high-impact work and changes to traffic configurations beyond those described.

NO WORK ON JULY 4

No work will take place on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Additionally, no lane closures will take place from Wednesday July 3 – Friday, July 5 to accommodate increased holiday traffic.

TEMPORARY BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION

DESCRIPTION: Continued construction of the temporary pedestrian and utility bridge base, bents, and abutments. Work on the temporary bridge above the Tudor Wharf walkway requires some daytime closures of the walkway.

WORK HOURS: Daytime (6 a.m.–6 p.m.) on weekdays and Saturday, July 13.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: On weekdays during off-peak daytime hours (10 a.m.–2 p.m.), the inbound right lane will be closed to create a safe work zone. During the Tudor Wharf walkway closures, pedestrian access will be provided via the Water Street underpass and guidance signage will be provided.

UTILITY INSTALLATION AND UPGRADES

DESCRIPTION: At the south end of the bridge at Keany Square, installation of a waterline by J.F. White continues as well as installation of a gas pipe by National Grid.

WORK HOURS:Daytime (7 a.m.–3 p.m.) on weekdays.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Inbound traffic will be reduced to one lane on weekdays during off-peak hours (10 a.m.–2 p.m.). Outbound traffic will be reduced to one lane on weekdays during off-peak hours (7 a.m.–2 p.m.) at Keany Square. All turn movements will be maintained, with two inbound lanes available during the morning peak hours.

TRAVEL TIPS

MassDOT has begun work 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.

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.

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, there are no events scheduled at the TD Garden.

Additional information concerning this project and background is available online.

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.