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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.

24-Hour/Day Track and Drainage Work

Next week, the contractor will work continuously from Wednesday, April 14 throughout the weekend within the railroad right-of-way in Freetown.

Location of Work: Installation of track at the Freetown Station site located at 161 South Main Street and extending north to the Route 24 overpass

Dates/Hours of Work: 24 hours/day beginning 7:00 AM, Wednesday, April 14 until 6:00 AM, Monday, April 19

On April 17, the contractor will work continuously from early Saturday throughout the weekend within the railroad layover yard in Middleborough.

Location of Work: Installation of drainage lines under tracks at the Middleborough Layover Yard at 65 West Clark Street

Dates/Hours of Work: 24 hours/day beginning 1:00 AM, Saturday, April 17 until 5:00 AM, Monday, April 19

Work on Middleborough Secondary and New Bedford Main Line Update

General Activities

This week and next, the contractor will continue to install erosion controls along the right-of-way from the new Middleborough Station site to the East Taunton Station site. Tree clearing has now begun along the right-of-way from the East Taunton Station site heading south.

Other ongoing work includes ground survey, 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.

Next week the contractor begins the installation of steel sheeting for retaining walls in the railroad right-of-way from I-495 in Middleborough to Old Colony Ave in Taunton.

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
  • Middleborough Secondary and New Bedford Main Line right-of-way

Dates/hours of work:

  • Current week: Monday, April 5 through Sunday, April 11, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • Next week: Monday, April 12 through Sunday, April 18, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Fall River Secondary Main Line Update

Railroad Right-of-way Access Road off Horizon Way in Fall River

The contractor is installing an access road off Horizon Way in Fall River. Starting next week, the contractor will prepare for this work by beginning tree clearing for the project access area off the end of Horizon Way. Clearing is expected to take place over the next two weeks. Later this spring, the contractor will begin preparing the access road to the right-of-way. The work zone will be secured to deter outside access.

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.

The contractor also will install micro-piles at Collins Street Bridge in Fall River; there will be a 24 hour/day detour at Collins Street for the next 2 weeks - residents and users of the O'Connell Boat Yard can expect access to River Street to be limited to Clark Street only.

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.
  • Collins Street Railroad Bridge, Fall River
  • Horizon Way, Fall River

Dates/hours of work:

  • Current week: Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
  • Next week: Monday, April 5 through Friday, April 9, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Retaining Wall Construction

The contractor continues the installation of steel sheeting for retaining walls in the railroad right-of-way from Beechwood Road to Forge Road in Freetown.

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

Location of work:

  • Fall River Secondary Line railroad right-of-way between Beachwood Road in Assonet and Forge Road in Freetown.
  • Freetown Station site at 161 South Main Street, Freetown.

Dates/hours of work:

  • Current week: Monday, April 5 through Saturday, April 10, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • Next week: Monday, April 12 through Saturday, April 17, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Culvert Work in Fall River

Next week, the contractor will remove and replace culvert FR-5 located adjacent to the Fall River Country Club golf course.

Dates/Hours of Work: Wednesday, April 14 through Sunday, April 18, 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.

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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