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South Coast Rail Construction Activity

Current details on construction progress

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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Table of Contents

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.

Lane Reduction on West Grove Street/Route 28 in Middleborough 

As part of the South Coast Rail Project construction, the MBTA's contractor will be installing a water line that will require daytime traffic lane reductions - from two lanes each way, to one lane each way - on West Grove Street/Route 28 in Middleborough. Traffic lanes will be restored after work for each day is complete. Repaving on the roadway will likely occur in July for which a similar lane reduction will be necessary. 

Location of Work: Traffic lane reduction on West Grove Street/Route 28 between Vine Street and Elm Street in Middleborough 

Dates/Hours of Work: Next week: Monday, June 21 through Tuesday, June 29, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 

24-Hours/Day Track and Culvert Work 

As part of the South Coast Rail Project construction, the MBTA's contractor will be working continuously beginning Wednesday morning, June 23 until Monday morning, June 28 replacing a culvert and upgrading the existing tracks within the railroad right-of-way in Assonet.  

These track upgrades must be performed during freight rail outages that are coordinated with Mass Coastal Railroad, MassDOT's freight rail operator. These interruptions in freight rail service typically occur over 5-day periods from Wednesday to Monday. During these outages, MBTA's contractor works 24 hours a day to remove the existing track infrastructure and reinstall new track drainage, ballast, railroad ties and Continuously Welded Rail (CWR) that will upgrade the line for both freight and future passenger rail service.   

Location of Work:  

  • Installation of track between Forge Road and Elm Street in Assonet 
  • Remove and replace culvert FRN-19 located between Forge Road and Elm Street in Assonet 
  • Grade crossing work within the Brightman Lumber (181 South Main Street) property in Assonet 

Dates/Hours of Work: 24-hours/day beginning 6:00 AM, Wednesday, June 23 until 6:00 AM, Monday, June 28. 

To prepare for the upcoming track outage, the contractor has been exporting material off of the railroad right-of-way to designated stockpile locations in Assonet and Fall River. While every effort will be made to minimize trucking outside the hours of 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, additional overnight trucking is anticipated in order to complete the work within the allowed outage.

Location of Work:

  • Construction Yard, 11 Campanelli Drive, Assonet
  • Weaver's Cove Layover Facility, 2680 North Main Street, Fall River

Dates/Hours of Work: Next week: 7:00 PM, Wednesday, June 23 until 7:00 AM, Thursday, June 24. 

Work on Middleborough Secondary and New Bedford Main Line Update

General Activities

This week and next, the contractor will continue tree clearing along the right-of-way from the Myricks Junction in Berkley heading south.

Other ongoing work includes ground survey, switch installation, site preparation, sheet pile wall installation, drainage and utility installation, and equipment, material and soil deliveries occurring at the station and layover sites and along the railroad right-of-way from Middleborough to New Bedford.

This week and next, the contractor continues the installation of steel sheeting, soldier piles and precast panels for retaining walls in the railroad right-of-way in Berkley and heading south along the New Bedford Main Line.

Installation of soldier piles and precast panels for retaining walls along the New Bedford Main Line also continues this week and next.

Tree cutting along the railroad corridor will be necessary for construction. Additionally, to ensure safe and unobstructed service, the MBTA needs a cleared right-of-way. Falling tree limbs and wet tree leaves on the rails are a hazard that can cause derailment. Because the Phase 1 tracks have seen very limited use, overgrowth has occurred. This work is occurring along the rail corridor heading from north to south. 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:

  • New Middleborough Station site, 161 South Main Street, Middleborough
  • East Taunton Station site, 1141 County Street, Taunton
  • Wamsutta Layover Facility site, 217 Herman Melville Boulevard, New Bedford
  • Church Street Station site, 387 Church Street, New Bedford 
  • Middleborough Secondary and New Bedford Main Line right-of-way

Dates/hours of work:

  • Current week: Monday, June 14 through Sunday, June 20, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
  • Next week: Monday, June 21 through Sunday, June 27, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Fall River Secondary Main Line Update

General Activities

This week and next, the contractor will continue to perform ground survey, install drainage and utilities, clear trees, install erosion controls, and material and equipment deliveries occurring along the right-of-way on the Fall River Secondary. The contractor also continues to install micro-piles at the Fall River Depot site.

As part of the Fall River Depot construction, the contractor is installing support for excavation along Pearce Street in Fall River. As of May 3, vehicles using Pearce Street between Davol Street and Dyer Street can expect a single lane closure.

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.
  • Horizon Way, Fall River
  • Assonet River Railroad Bridge, Lakeville

Dates/hours of work:

  • Current week: Monday, June 14 through Friday, June 18, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. 
  • Next week: Monday, June 21 through Friday, June 25, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. 

Retaining Wall Construction

This week and next, the contractor continues the installation of steel sheeting for retaining walls in the railroad right-of-way in the area of Collins Street in Fall River.

Installation of soldier piles for retaining walls in the vicinity of the Freetown Station site and from Richmond Road to Forge Road in Freetown also continues this week and next.

Location of work:

  • Fall River Secondary Line railroad right-of-way from Richmond Road to Forge Road in Freetown.
  • Freetown Station site at 161 South Main Street, Freetown.
  • Collins Street, Fall River

Dates/hours of work:

  • Current week: Monday, June 7 through Friday, June 11, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
  • Next week: Monday, June 14 through Friday, June 18, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Ongoing MBTA work may be disruptive to residents. Crews are 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. In addition, work lights will be used during overnight hours.

The railroad right-of-way is an active construction zone and freight railroad. Only authorized personnel are allowed on the railroad right-of-way - trespassing is illegal. For your own safety, never walk on or cross the tracks.

If you would like to report a construction-related issue on the South Coast Rail project, please call the hotline at (617) 222-4099. 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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