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South Coast Rail Construction Activity

Early Action Construction for South Coast Rail Phase 1 has been substantially completed

Main Line Construction is beginning on Phase 1 of South Coast Rail later this summer. Read more about these projects in the Phase 1 Construction Frequently Asked Questions

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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 – to be completed in Fall 2020

Culvert Replacements Update - Minor work efforts to address final items may continue to be performed intermittently. This work may occur 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 between 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM on weekdays. This work is not expected to be disruptive to local residents or to impact access to local businesses or properties.

Four Bridge Replacements Update

Location of work:

  • Track replacements north of the Cedar Swamp railroad bridge in Lakeville;
  • North and South Cotley railroad bridges in Berkley.

Dates/hours of work:

  • Monday through Saturday, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Work zone access: Primary construction access will be via rail from the Malbone Street grade crossing in Lakeville for work north of the Cedar Swamp railroad bridge, from Padelford Street grade crossing in Berkley for the South Cotley railroad bridge, and from the Cotley Street grade crossing in Berkley for the North Cotley railroad bridge. Materials and equipment may also be staged at these locations. Equipment is expected to utilize these grade crossings. All construction will be performed within the railroad corridor.

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, moderate noise levels are expected and work lights will be utilized along the right-of-way during overnight periods

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.

Early Action Building Demolition Update

MBTA’s contractor will perform the following early action building demolition work to prepare for follow-on Phase 1 station and Main Line construction

Location of work:

  • 52 West Grove St. and 161 So. Main St., Middleborough
  • 91 Old Colony Ave. and 1141 County St., Taunton
  • 2 & 6 Wye St. and 3 Adams Ln., Berkley
  • 15 Richmond Rd., Freetown
  • 2804 No. Main St., 825 Davol St., and 61 Pearce St., Fall River
  • 387 Church St., New Bedford

Dates/hours of work:

  • Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

The contractor was issued Notice to Proceed in May 2020 with contract completion planned for the Fall of 2020. To date, the structures at 1141 County St., Taunton; 15 Richmond Road, Freetown; 2804 North Main Street, Fall River; 3 Adams Lane, Berkley; 161 South Main Street and 52 West Grove Street, both in Middleborough; and 91 Old Colony Avenue, Taunton, have been demolished. Demolition of 387 Church St., New Bedford continues and is nearing completion. The next buildings anticipated for demolition are 825 Davol Street and 61 Pearce Avenue in Fall River along with 2 and 6 Wye Street in Berkley.

This 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 to transport equipment and/or demolition debris off-site during the construction period. While the project will seek to minimize construction-related impacts to communities, low to moderate noise levels will be generated.

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.

Fall River Secondary Main Line Update

MBTA's contractor was issued Notice To Proceed in June 2020 and is anticipated to mobilize in mid-August. The contractor is submitting the required documentation for approval prior to the commencement of field work.

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