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.

See how this work will affect property abutters.

Please be advised that effective as of June 21, 2021, MBTA employees, contractors and consultants must comply with MBTA's current COVID-19 Face Covering and Workplace Protocols Policy. The revised policy is consistent with the end of the state emergency in Massachusetts, and with orders and guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Rail Administration (FRA) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

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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.

South Coast Rail and Mass Coastal Railroad Evening Freight Operations

The South Coast Rail (SCR) team, along with freight operator Mass Coastal Railroad (MCRR), are restarting a program that began last fall to separate SCR construction activities from the MCRR freight operations on the Fall River Secondary and New Bedford Main Line (see SCR project map for location of railroad lines).

Beginning Monday, March 21 through the 2022 construction season, MCRR will move daily freight operations to evenings. During this period, abutters to these railroad lines from Taunton to Fall River and New Bedford can anticipate one south bound and one north bound train during weekday evenings between 5:00 PM and 12:00 AM.

This will not change the current daily operations on the Middleborough Secondary Line.  Trains will continue to run during the daytime, and construction activities will carry on in coordination with freight train movements along that line.


Middleborough: Single-lane Closures on Route 105 (South Main Street)

Location of work:

  • Roadwork near the New Middleborough Station site (161 South Main Street) on Route 105 south of Route 28 near the I-495 on/off ramps

Dates/Hours of Work:

  • Single lane closures on Route 105 on weekdays, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM


Taunton: Shoulder Closure for Curb and Sidewalk Installation on Route 140 (County Street) Southbound

Location of work:

  • Shoulder of Route 140 (County Street) on the southbound side between Taunton Depot Drive and Mozzone Boulevard

Dates/Hours of Work:

  • Weekdays, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM

 

Fencing Installation: Middleborough, Lakeville, Raynham, Taunton, Assonet, Fall River, Berkley, New Bedford

Location of work: 

  • Installation of fencing along the Middleborough Secondary Line railroad right-of-way at locations between Route 140 in Taunton and the new Middleborough Station site (161 South Main Street, Middleborough)
  • Installation of fencing along the Fall River Secondary Line railroad right-of-way at locations between the Weaver’s Cove Layover Facility site (2680 North Main Street) in Fall River and the Fall River Depot site (825 Davol Street) in Fall River
  • Installation of fencing along the New Bedford Main Line railroad right-of-way at locations between the East Taunton Station site (1141 County Street) in Taunton and the New Bedford Station Site (Acushnet Avenue at Whale’s Tooth Parking Lot) in New Bedford

Dates/Hours of Work: Monday through Saturday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

The MBTA’s contractor is installing fencing at locations along the Middleborough Secondary Line and Fall River Secondary Line railroad right of way.

Fencing installation work: Middleborough, Lakeville, Raynham, Taunton, Assonet, Fall River, Berkley, New Bedford

Generally, fencing is placed in areas where it will enhance safety and minimize trespassing on the railroad right-of-way. Abutters to the railroad may see orange stakes marking survey boundaries and will notice crews working in the railroad right-of-way to install this fencing. In some locations limited tree and brush clearing may be needed to facilitate this work. The typical MBTA fencing that will be installed is 6-foot-tall chain link fencing. Fencing will be set on the MBTA’s property line.

 

Daytime Work on Middleborough Secondary and New Bedford Main Line

Locations 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
  • New Bedford Station Site, Acushnet Avenue (at Whale's Tooth Parking Lot), New Bedford
  • Middleborough Secondary and New Bedford Main Line right-of-way

Dates/Hours of Work:

  • Monday, November 21 through Wednesday, November 23, and Friday, November 25, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM (no work Thursday, November 24 for holiday)
  • Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 2, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Please note that although regular daytime construction hours begin at 7:00 AM, abutters may notice crews arriving at the construction sites prior to this time. 

Construction is ongoing at station and layover sites and along the railroad right-of-way from Middleborough to New Bedford.

 

Daytime Work on Fall River Secondary

Locations of Work:

  • Adams Lane, Berkley
  • Freetown Station site, 153 South Main Street, Assonet
  • Weaver's Cove Layover Facility, 2680 North Main Street, Fall River
  • Turner Street Railroad Bridge, Fall River
  • Fall River Depot site, 825 Davol Street, Fall River
  • Fall River Secondary Line railroad right-of-way

Dates/Hours of Work:

  • Monday, November 21 through Wednesday, November 23, and Friday, November 25, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM (no work Thursday, November 24 for holiday)
  • Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 2, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Please note that although regular daytime construction hours begin at 7:00 AM, abutters may notice crews arriving at the construction sites prior to this time.

Construction is ongoing at station and layover sites and along the railroad right-of-way from Berkley to Fall River.

 

Berkley: Railroad Access at Cotley Street

Location of Work:

  • Cotley Street in Berkley

Dates/Hours of Work:

  • Please note that the contractor will be using Cotley Street to access the right-of-way for various work activities. This access will be primarily used during the daytime (7:00 AM-7:00 PM) but will also be used 24-hours/day during some activities.

 

Berkley: Railroad Work at Myricks Street

Location of Work:

  • Myricks Street in Berkley

Dates/Hours of Work:

  • Typically, Monday through Saturday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Please note that although regular daytime construction hours begin at 7:00 AM, abutters may notice crews arriving at the construction sites prior to this time.

 

Daytime Transportation of Soils to Freetown

Please note that soils excavated from the railroad right-of-way and roadway during the above work are typically transported during the day by truck to designated project sites.

Dates/Hours of Work:

  • Regular daytime hours 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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