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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

Installed 46 culverts as part of the drainage system. Constructed five wetland mitigation areas and began monitoring their success.

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.

24-Hours/Day Drill Shaft Work (for support wall) in Taunton and Raynham

Location of Work: Railroad right-of-way between Church Street in Raynham and Middleboro Avenue in Taunton

Dates/hours of work: 24-hours/day Friday, September 17 to Sunday, September 19

Drill work between Middleton Avenue and Church Street in Raynham/Taunton

Map of work on railroad right-of-way in Raynham/Taunton

Detour for Grade Crossing, Culvert and Track Work at Beechwood Road in Assonet

Location of Work:  Railroad grade crossing at Beechwood Road in Assonet

Dates/Hours of Work: Detour Monday, September 13 to Monday, September 27; 24-hours/day Wednesday, September 15 to Sunday, September 19; final paving of road Saturday, September 25, 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM; all other days, regular work hours are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Beechwood Road in Assonet will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic beginning Monday, September 13 to Monday, September 27. All through traffic will be routed to Richmond Road/Route 79 and Malbone Road in Assonet. Police details will allow local traffic access only on Beechwood Road.

Beechwood Road detour in Assonet, through Malborne Road and Richmond Road

Map of Beechwood Road detour in Assonet

Detour for Grade Crossing Work at North Precinct Street in Lakeville

Location of Work:  North Precinct Street in Lakeville

Dates/Hours of Work:  24-hours/day Friday, September 17 to Sunday, September 19

North Precinct Street in Lakeville will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic beginning Friday, September 17 to Sunday, September 19. All through traffic will be routed to Taunton Street, Leonard Street and Southworth Street in Lakeville. Police details will allow local traffic access only on North Precinct Street and Southworth Street (to the west of Leonard Street).

North Precinct Street detour in Lakeville via Taunton Street and Leonard Street

Map of North Precinct Street detour in Lakeville

Detour for Grade Crossing Work at Leonard Street in Lakeville

Location of Work:  Leonard Street in Lakeville

Dates/Hours of Work:  24-hours/day Friday, September 24 to Sunday, September 26

Leonard Street in Lakeville will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic beginning Friday, September 24 to Sunday, September 26. All through traffic will be routed to Taunton Street, North Precinct Street and Southworth Street in Lakeville. Police details will allow local traffic access only on Leonard Street.

North Leonard Street detour in Lakeville, through Taunton Street, North Precinct Street and Southworth Street

Map of North Leonard Street detour in Lakeville

Transportation of soils: 

To prepare for overnight track work, the contractor will export 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.

Locations of Work: 

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

Dates/Hours of Work: Overnight Wednesday, September 15 and Thursday, September 16, 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM

Daytime Work on Middleborough Secondary and New Bedford Main Line

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.

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.

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, September 13 through Sunday, September 19, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Next week: Monday, September 20 through Friday, September 24, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Daytime Work on Fall River Secondary Line

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. Additionally, concrete platform work is ongoing at the Fall River Depot and Freetown Station sites.

As part of the Fall River Depot Station construction, the contractor continues to perform work on the Pearce Street railroad bridge in Fall River.  As of June 22, Pearce Street is closed to through traffic between Davol Street and Dyer Street.  A single travel lane is open for emergency vehicles and deliveries only. Detour signage is in place to direct vehicles to Dyer Street and President Avenue. 

Location of Work:

  • Adams Lane, Berkley
  • Richmond Road to Forge Road, Assonet
  • Weaver's Cove Layover Facility at 2680 North Main Street, Fall River.
  • Assonet River Railroad Bridge, Lakeville
  • Freetown Station site, 161 South Main Street, Assonet
  • Collins Street, Fall River
  • Weaver's Cove Layover Facility, 2680 North Main Street, Fall Rive
  • Fall River Depot site, 825 Davol Street, Fall River
  • Fall River Secondary Line railroad right-of-way between Adams Lane in Berkley and Fall River Depot

Dates/Hours of Work:

  • Current week: Monday, September 13 through Sunday, September 19, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Next week: Monday, September 20 through Friday, September 24, 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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