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South Coast Rail Construction Activity

Early Action Construction is Ongoing for South Coast Rail Phase 1

MassDOT began Early Action construction projects in Summer 2019 to prepare for Phase 1 main line rail construction contracts, including culvert replacements and improvements to the Tarkiln Hill Road grade crossing in New Bedford. Read more about these projects in the Spring 2019 fact sheet. Additional work to replace 4 railroad bridges is also underway.

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Phase 1 Early Action Construction

Location of work:

  • Culvert & track work: Work will be performed throughout the South Coast Rail Phase 1 Corridor on the New Bedford Main Line, Fall River Secondary, and Middleborough Secondary in the communities of Berkley, Fall River, Freetown, Lakeville, Middleborough, New Bedford, Raynham, and Taunton.
  • Grade crossing improvements: Tarkiln Hill Road grade crossing in New Bedford

Date/time of work:

  • Culvert replacements & track work:
    • Wednesday, May 27, through Friday, May 29, from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day
    • Monday, June 1, and Tuesday, June 2, from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day
  • Tarkiln Hill Road grade crossing: :
    • Wednesday, May 27, through Friday, May 29, from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day

Additional dates and times will be announced.

Notes

Culvert replacement and Tarkiln Hill Road grade crossing work is anticipated to be complete in early summer 2020. All Early Action Construction is anticipated to be complete by fall 2020.

Culvert replacements: This work will be disruptive to local residents. Crews will be using various pieces of heavy equipment and trucks along the railroad right-of-way throughout the construction period. While the project will seek to minimize construction-related impacts to communities, noise will be generated along the right-of-way.

Tarkiln Hill Road grade crossing improvements: Vehicular and pedestrian access will be maintained and access to local businesses will not be impacted.

If you would like to report a noise issue, call the hotline at (508) 397-4858. The noise hotline is for the reporting of construction-related noise issues. It will be answered Monday-Friday, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM (except holidays). All voicemails left outside of these hours will be received the following weekday. We will respond to all noise complaints.

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 advertised in early May. Both elements of Phase 1 construction will be underway by the end of 2020.

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