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Traffic and construction updates - Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project

Traffic advisories and construction information. Work began on Monday, April 1, 2019 and requires significant traffic impacts including 24/7 lane closures.

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Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Project is now completed

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is pleased to announce that all construction activities for the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Project have been completed. MassDOT wants to thank the community of Chelsea for its patience throughout the project.

Before construction began, both the Tobin Bridge and Chelsea Curves required major structural and safety improvements. The two structures play a critical role as part of U.S. Route 1 in carrying over 84,000 vehicular traffic per day in private vehicles, MBTA buses, and freight trucks. With its completion, the project has improved conditions on and around the two structures. These improvements mean that the two structures will require less frequent maintenance and closures, reducing impacts to both drivers and abutters.

Project achievements include newly replaced and repaved decks, rehabilitated on- and off-ramps, newly installed snow fence, improved drainage, lighting, pavement, and pavement markings.

Underneath and around both the bridge and Chelsea Curves, there are improved and newly established parking lots, pedestrian and bicyclist improvements, and landscaping. As a thank you to the community of Chelsea for its patience, a newsletter has been produced to share these project achievements in greater detail and in picture.

The newsletter can be found in both English and in Spanish. This will be the final look-ahead for this project. There will be periodic reminders of fare collection resuming on the Chelsea Commuter Rail and SL3

Fare Collection Resuming on Chelsea Commuter Rail and SL3

  • The Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves project is nearing completion, and transit support programs on the Commuter Rail and SL3 are ending soon. Normal fare collections with resume beginning November 1, 2021. There will be periodic reminders of fare collections resuming as the date approaches.

North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project

  • Throughout the month of October and November there will be routine closures of either the north or south channel to assist with installing elements of a new bridge deck
  • All traffic is now on the temporary bridge with work underway to construct the new permanent bridge.
  • There will be police details in both Keany and City Square during peak traffic hours.

For more information about the North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project, please visit the project webpage.

Travel Tips

With the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation coming to an end, we encourage those impacted by it to learn more about another MassDOT project, the Sumner Tunnel Centennial. 

Starting in Spring 2022, the Sumner Tunnel will be closed during weekends. Then, in Summer 2023, the tunnel will experience a full, 24/7, four-month closure between Memorial and Labor Day.

Learn more about the project on the project webpage and sign up for email updates.

Contact

Phone

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

Address

10 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
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