Traffic and construction updates for the Route 18 Weymouth-Abington Improvements Project

Current details on construction progress

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Monday, May 18 to Friday, May 22, 2020

P. Gioioso & Sons Work:

  • Continue form & pour for temporary footings. Continue temporary piers. Pour pier column #7, if not done already.
  • Formwork for concrete at north abutment-pending finish of backfill. Continue MSE wall work northeast of bridge.
  • Continue drainage work in Abington, opposite Vineyard Road.
  • Commence next section of road widening south of town line to Vineyard Road. Also south of bridge to town line
  • Continue road work north of Shea Drive.

Other Utilities Work:

  • Verizon continue underground cable relocations in Weymouth. Cable work south of Pond Street is complete. Front Street underground work requires major splicing work.
  • NGrid Gas - Gas main services north of the Pond and Pleasant Street intersection still on HOLD due to Coronavirus.
  • NGrid Gas continue next section of gas main work in Abington, south of Vineyard Road to Oak Street, and at Front Street

Tuesday, May 26 to Friday, May 29, 2020

P. Gioioso & Sons Work:

  • Continue form & pour for temporary footings. Continue temporary piers.
  • Commence MSE Wall work at south abutment.
  • Continue drainage work in Abington, opposite Vineyard Road.
  • Continue next section of road widening, south of town line to Vineyard Road. Also south of bridge to town line.
  • Commence curb installation, north of bridge to Pleasant Street, east side.
  • Install topsoil and hydroseed at Front Street, west side.
  • Continue road work, north of Shea Drive.

Other Utilities Work:

  • Verizon continue underground cable relocations in Weymouth. Cable work south of Pond Street is complete. Front Street underground work requires major splicing work. Work ongoing in Abington.
  • NGrid Gas - Gas main services, north of the Pond and Pleasant Street intersection still on HOLD due to Coronavirus.
  • NGrid Gas continue next section of gas main work in Abington, south of Vineyard Road to Oak Street, and at Front Street.

Traffic Information overview

MassDOT will maintain one lane of travel, in both directions, throughout construction.

The project requires three weekend shutdowns of the MBTA Kingston/Plymouth Commuter Rail line. The shutdowns are necessary for the contractor to safely replace the bridge that carries Route 18 over the railroad. MassDOT and the MBTA are coordinating closely with the contractor. The project team will announce the shutdowns with advance notice. During the shutdown, MassDOT will detour traffic from Route 18 onto Pond Street. Buses will also replace trains on the MBTA Kingston/Plymouth Commuter Rail line. The MBTA and MassDOT encourage commuter rail passengers to use the Middleborough/Lakeville line during the three weekend shutdowns, if possible.

Activities Update

MassDOT's contractor, P. Gioioso & Sons, implemented a new traffic pattern to perform work at the Route 18 bridge over the Commuter Rail tracks. Lane widths have narrowed, with no shoulder in the work zone.

Underground utility work needed for road widening and new traffic signals is ongoing in several locations between the bridge over the MBTA Commuter Rail and Abington town line.

Relocation of utility poles and overhead wires is ongoing in several locations and may result in short-term service outages, as scheduled by utility companies with customers. This work will continue through 2020.

Roadway widening will begin after utility pole relocation in each section of the project corridor. Widening in Weymouth will continue in 2020, and will begin in with Abington scheduled for in 2020.

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Boston, MA 02116
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