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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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Travel Impacts: June 28 – July 11

  • North Washington Street Inbound: Off-peak daytime lane reductions across the bridge and additional lane reductions at Keany Square will continue. One lane across the bridge and all turn movements will be available from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on weekdays.
  • North Washington Street Outbound: Off-peak daytime lane reductions will continue across the bridge to City Square. One lane across the bridge and all turn movements will be available from 7 a.m.–2 p.m. on weekdays.

Virtual meetings for traffic shifting onto temporary bridge

Description of Scheduled Work

  • Construction of the temporary pedestrian and vehicle bridge includes installing, bridge assembly, lead abatement, excavation and chipping of the median, drainage work, and welding of bridge spans, supports, guard rails, and light poles.
  • Construction of the temporary bridge fender system.

Work Hours

  • Daytime (6:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.) for general work.
  • During the daytime and overnight in two continuous shifts (6:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m) crews will work to install the temporary bridge fender system in the Charles River. The two shifts will continue for about a month.

Work That Has Been Completed

Further construction of the temporary pedestrian/vehicle bridge, drainage work, and preparations for fender installation.

Pedestrian & Cyclist Access

Open Pedestrian Routes:

The eastern sidewalk (Boston Harbor side) on the North Washington Street Bridge is open and available to all pedestrians and cyclists with crossings at both Keany and City Squares. We ask that everyone on the sidewalk share the limited space and be courteous. Please be advised that the DCR-controlled Charlestown locks can provide another alternate route but may be unavailable and close without warning beyond control of this project.

Closed Pedestrian Routes:

The bridge's westerly sidewalk (Charles River side), the Lovejoy Wharf stairs leading to North Washington Street near the Converse building, the adjacent section of the Harborwalk passing under the bridge, and the Paul Revere Park Playground stairs are closed to the public during installation of the temporary bridge.

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.

Bicycles:

Cyclists can use sidewalks and travel lanes on the roadway to their comfort. Access Connect Historic Boston on Causeway and Commercial Streets via Keany Square during the closure of the Harborwalk during construction. We ask that everyone on the sidewalk share the limited space and be courteous. Per DCR policy, please walk bikes across the Charles River Dam Locks.

Travel Tips

PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS: The bridge's eastern sidewalk is open and available to all pedestrians and cyclists with crossings at both Keany and City Squares. 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. During Tudor Wharf walkway closures, pedestrian access will be provided via the Water Street underpass and guidance signage will be provided.

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, during this look-ahead period, there will be no events at the TD Garden during this look ahead period.

MassDOT is also working on the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project, which requires significant traffic impacts including 24/7 lane reductions. For more information or to sign up for project-specific construction look-aheads like this one, visit the project website

Contact

Phone

Donny Dailey, MassDOT Legislative Liaison (617) 945-4272

Address

10 Park Plaza
Boston , MA 02110
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