North Washington Street Bridge – Construction through March 7

This is an overview of construction operations and impacts for the North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project through March 7.

Travel Impacts

  • North Washington Street Inbound: Off-peak daytime lane reductions across the bridge and additional lane reductions at Keany Square will continue. One lane across the bridge and all turn movements will be available from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on weekdays.
  • North Washington Street Outbound: Off-peak daytime lane reductions will continue across the bridge to City Square. One lane across the bridge and all turn movements will be available from 7 a.m.–2 p.m. on weekdays.

Description of Scheduled Work

  • Construction of the temporary pedestrian and vehicle bridge and utility bridge includes installing, assembling, and welding of bridge spans, supports, guard rails, and light poles.
  • Utility work by Comcast.

Work Hours

  • Daytime (6 a.m.–4 p.m.) on weekdays and overnight (10 p.m.–5 a.m.) on February 26 and 27.

Travel Tips

Pedestrians and Cyclists:

Charles River Dam Pedestrian Walkway Temporary Closure: Beginning on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6 a.m. and continuing through Friday, March 6, 2020 at 6 p.m., the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will close the Charles River Dam Pedestrian Walkway for necessary maintenance at the DCR facility.

The work is weather dependent and may need to be rescheduled if the forecast changes.

The North Washington Street Bridge eastern sidewalk remains open and available to all pedestrians and cyclists with crossings at both Keany and City Squares.

Vessel traffic through the Charles River Dam locks will not be impacted and pedestrian patterns will be clearly marked.

Open Pedestrian Routes: The eastern sidewalk (Boston Harbor side) on the North Washington Street Bridge is open and available to all pedestrians and cyclists with crossings at both Keany and City Squares. We ask that everyone on the sidewalk share the limited space and be courteous. Please be advised that the DCR-controlled Charlestown locks can provide another alternate route but may be unavailable and close without warning beyond control of this project.

Closed Pedestrian Routes: The bridge’s westerly sidewalk (Charles River side), the Lovejoy Wharf stairs leading to North Washington Street near the Converse building, the adjacent section of the Harborwalk passing under the bridge, and the Paul Revere Park Playground stairs are closed to the public during installation of the temporary bridge.

The Tudor Wharf Walkway (under the bridge next to the water in Paul Revere Park) will be intermittently closed for safety during construction operations, with access provided via the Water Street underpass.

Bicycles: Cyclists can use sidewalks and travel lanes on the roadway to their comfort. Access Connect Historic Boston on Causeway and Commercial Streets via Keany Square during the closure of the Harborwalk during construction. We ask that everyone on the sidewalk share the limited space and be courteous. Per DCR policy, please walk bikes across the Charles River Dam Locks.

Temporary Bridge Construction

Construction of the temporary bridge includes installing, assembling, and welding bridge spans, panels, and supports. Work also includes installing the temporary bridge sidewalk and guard rails. Utility work by Comcast and Eversource continues. Crews will during the daytime (6 a.m.–4 p.m.) on weekdays and during the daytime (6 a.m.–4 p.m.) and overnight (10 p.m.–5 a.m.) on weekends.

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 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: 2/29 at 8:30 p.m., 3/3 at 7:30 p.m., 3/6 at 8 p.m.
  • Celtics: 2/25 at 7 p.m., 2/27 at 7:30 p.m., 3/7 at 7 p.m.
  • Events: 2/28 at 7 p.m., 3/1 at 8 p.m., 3/2 at 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.