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Traffic and construction updates - North Washington Street Bridge Project

Overview of construction operations and impacts for the North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project.

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Marine Impacts

Throughout November, routine closures continue of the north and south channels, one at a time. Work hours are during the day (6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) Vessels may transit through the work site in the open channel. Multiple boats, barges, cranes, and other equipment are on-scene. Mariners should continue to exercise caution while transiting the channel and pay close attention to signage, lighting, and work vessels.

Work and push boats can be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 13 for more information. If access to the commercial lock is required and work barges are in the channel, 24-hour notice to J.F. White is required to clear access to the commercial lock. The on-scene Superintendent for the J.F. White Contracting Company is Patrick Wilson and can be contacted at (617) 680-7537. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area.

Slip Lane Closure

Work to permanently close the slip lane is now complete. The space previously used for the slip lane is now part of the project work zone. The right turn onto Chelsea Street from North Washington Street is now a standard 90-degree turn lane.

Description of Scheduled Work

  • Building the piers:
    • Pier 1 (closest to the North End): Complete
    • Pier 2: Complete
    • Pier 3: Complete
    • Pier 4: Complete
    • Pier 5 (closest to Charlestown): Complete
  • Installing, moving, and maintaining silt curtains and barges in the water
  • Installing piles at Lovejoy Wharf
  • Installing utilities
  • Warehouse work including pier and column repairs
Map showing location of both the navigational channel and equipment being used for steel installation.


    Work Hours

    • Most work will be done during the daytime (6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

    Travel Tips


    The sidewalk over the temporary bridge and the Lovejoy Wharf stairs near Converse are open. The Boston Harborwalk under the bridge and eastern/harborside bridge sidewalk remain closed until rebuilt. Please be advised that the DCR-controlled Charlestown locks can provide another alternate route, but may close without warning and beyond control of this project. The Tudor Wharf Walkway (under the bridge next to the water in Paul Revere Park) will be intermittently closed for safety during construction operations, with access provided via the Water Street underpass.

    All users should take care to pay attention to all signage and police details and move carefully through the work zone. Police details, lane markings, temporary barriers, traffic cones, signage, and other tools will be used to control traffic and create safe work zones.

    The contractor is coordinating with the TD Garden and local police to provide awareness and manage traffic impacts during events. For your awareness, the following events are scheduled during this look-ahead period:

    • BRUINS12/1 at 7:30 p.m.,
    • CELTICS: 11/28 at 7:00 p.m., 11/30 at 7:00, 12/4 at 7:00 p.m.,
    • EVENTS: 12/2 at 7:30 p.m., 12/2 at 7:30 p.m., 12/7 at 7:00 p.m., 12/8 at 6:00 p.m., 12/11 at 8:00 p.m.



    Dan Fielding, Legislative Liaison - MassDOT Highway Division (857) 368-8959


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