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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:

  • North and South Cotley railroad bridges in Berkley.

Dates/hours of work:

  • Current week: Monday, Sept. 14 through Friday, Sept. 18, 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM with periodic late workdays (to 6:00 PM) dependent on the operation.
  • Next week: Monday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Sept. 25, 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM with periodic late workdays (to 6:00 PM) dependent on the operation.

Work zone access: Primary construction access will be via rail from the 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 weekday shift. All voicemails left outside of these hours will be received the following weekday. The project 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 ongoing work:

  • o 61 Pearce St., Fall River; and
  • 387 Church St., New Bedford

Dates/hours of work:

  • Current week: Monday, Sept. 14 through Friday, Sept. 18, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
  • Next week: Monday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Sept. 25, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

To date, the former structures at 1141 County St., Taunton; 15 Richmond Road, Freetown; 2804 North Main Street and 825 Davol St., Fall River; 3 Adams Lane, Berkley; 161 South Main Street and 52 West Grove Street, Middleborough; 91 Old Colony Avenue, Taunton; and 2 and 6 Wye Street in Berkley have been demolished.

Work at 387 Church Street in New Bedford, is nearing completion. Demolition of 61 Pearce Street in Fall River is anticipated to begin in late September. Contract completion is on schedule for Fall 2020.

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 will be underway by the end of 2020.

MBTA's contractor was issued Notice To Proceed in June 2020.

MBTA's contractor was issued Notice To Proceed in June 2020 with final completion planned in December 2022

Location of work:

  • Weaver's Cove Layover Facility location in Fall River
  • Freetown Station site at 161 South Main Street, Freetown.
  • Fall River Secondary Line between Adams Lane in Berkley and Beechwood Road in Assonet.

Dates/hours of work: Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

  • Current week: Monday, Sept. 14 through Friday, Sept. 18, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
  • Next week: Monday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Sept. 25, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

This week and next the contractor continues with tree clearing and erosion control work occurring at the Weaver's Cove Layover Facility site in Fall River and at the Freetown Station site at 161 South Main Street, Assonet (Freetown).

The contractor is also continuing survey and probing work along the railroad right-of-way that will require operating heavy machinery along the Fall River Secondary Line, which includes the communities of Fall River, Freetown and Berkley.

Starting Monday, September 21, the contractor will begin tree clearing and erosion control work along the Fall River Secondary Line between Adams Lane in Berkley and Beechwood Road in Assonet, with work zone access from those points.

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.

If you would like to report a noise issue on the Fall River Secondary Main Line project, please call the hotline at (774) 762-7000. 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 to 3:30 PM weekday shift. All voicemails left outside of these hours will be received the following weekday. The project will respond to all noise complaints.

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