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South Coast Rail Construction Activity

Early Action Construction for South Coast Rail Phase 1 has been substantially completed

Main Line Construction has begun on Phase 1 of South Coast Rail. Read more about these projects on the About the South Coast Rail Project page.

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Phase 1 Early Action Construction

  • Culvert Replacements and Related Track Work – substantially complete
  • Wetland Construction – substantially complete
  • Tarkiln Hill Road Grade Crossing Improvements – substantially complete
  • Four Bridge Replacements – substantially complete

Culvert Replacements Update

Culvert work is complete until spring of 2021 (for future wetland mitigation maintenance through June of 2021).

Four Bridge Replacements Update

Work has been completed for the for the bridge replacements and related track work at the North and South Cotley railroad bridges in Berkley, the Cedar Swamp railroad bridge in Lakeville, and the Fall Brook railroad bridge in Freetown.

Early Action Building Demolition Update

MBTA's contractor has completed the following early action building demolition work to prepare for follow-on Phase 1 station and Main Line construction.

The former structures at 1141 County St., Taunton; 15 Richmond Road, Freetown; 2804 North Main Street, 825 Davol St., and 61 Pearce St., Fall River; 3 Adams Lane, Berkley; 161 South Main Street and 52 West Grove Street, Middleborough; 91 Old Colony Avenue, Taunton; 2 and 6 Wye Street in Berkley; and 387 Church Street, New Bedford, have been demolished.

Phase 1 Main Line Construction Update

The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) approved the first major construction contract to build the Fall River Secondary on May 11, 2020. The second package, which includes the New Bedford Main Line, the Middleborough Secondary, and the signal system for the entire Phase 1 corridor, was approved on August 24, 2020. Both elements of Phase 1 construction are currently underway.

Work on Middleborough Secondary and New Bedford Main Line Update

General Activities

This week and next, the contractor continues with tree clearing and erosion control work at the new Middleborough Station and East Taunton Station sites including along the railroad right-of-way between the two sites.

The contractor also continues with equipment mobilization and survey work along the railroad right-of-way from Middleborough to New Bedford.

Location of Work:

  • New Middleborough Station site, 161 South Main Street, Middleborough
  • East Taunton Station site, 1141 County Street, Taunton
  • Middleborough Secondary and New Bedford Main Line right-of-way

Dates/hours of work:

  • Current week: Monday, January 18 through Friday, January 22, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
  • Next week: Monday, January 25 through Friday, January 29, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Fall River Secondary Main Line Update

Delivery of Railroad Ties to Campanelli Drive in Freetown

Over the duration of this project the contractor will be installing new track along the South Coast Rail corridor. Construction of this track involves the delivery of new railroad ties to the project construction lay-down yard on Campanelli Drive in Freetown.

Deliveries began in December 2020 and will continue every few weeks until early 2021.

General Activities

This week and next, the contractor will continue with sewer and drainage work (Weaver’s Cove site), tree clearing, erosion control, delivery and moving of materials, equipment mobilization, and survey work occurring along the Fall River Secondary Line right-of-way.

To ensure safe and unobstructed service, the MBTA needs a cleared right-of-way. Because the Phase 1 tracks have seen very limited use, overgrowth has occurred. Tree cutting along the railroad corridor will be necessary for construction. To maintain the safety and efficiency of the railway, trees and heavy brush obstructing the right-of-way will not be replaced.

Location of work:

  • Weaver's Cove Layover Facility at 2680 North Main Street, Fall River.
  • Freetown Station site at 161 South Main Street, Freetown.
  • Fall River Secondary Line railroad right-of-way between Adams Lane in Berkley to Fall River Depot.
  • Fall River Depot site, 825 Davol Street, Fall River.

Dates/hours of work:

  • Current week: Monday, January 18 through Friday, January 22, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
  • Next week: Monday, January 25 through Friday, January 29, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Retaining Wall Construction

The contractor will continue the installation of steel sheeting for retaining walls in the railroad right-of-way south of Adams Lane in Berkley.

Additionally, the installation of soldier piles for retaining wall construction at the Freetown Station site continues this week and next.

Location of work:

  • Fall River Secondary Line railroad right-of-way between Adams Lane in Berkley and Assonet River in Lakeville.
  • Freetown Station site at 161 South Main Street, Freetown.

Dates/hours of work:

  • Current week: Monday, January 18 through Saturday, January 23, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
  • Next week: Monday, January 25 through Saturday, January 30, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Ongoing MBTA work may be disruptive to local residents, but no significant impacts to local traffic, businesses or properties are anticipated. Crews will be using various pieces of heavy equipment and trucks along the railroad right-of-way. While the project will seek to minimize construction-related impacts to communities, low to moderate noise levels and vibrations will be generated.

If you would like to report a construction-related issue on the South Coast Rail project, please call the hotline at (774) 762-7000. The hotline will be answered Monday-Friday, between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM (except holidays). All voicemails left outside of these hours are received the following 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM weekday shift. The project will respond to all complaints.

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