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

Current details on construction progress

What's New

Below is the anticipated schedule for construction over the next 2 weeks. There will be no work from Wednesday July 3rd through Friday July 5th.

Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28, 2019

P. Gioioso & Sons work:

  • At bridge, continue drilling soldier piles for excavation support.
  • Continue drainage and traffic signal conduits at Pond St. intersection. Continue new signal work at Shea Dr.
  • Continue drainage and water pipe work in Abington, from Highland St. to Oak St.
  • Commence drainage work in Abington, from Oak St. to Clark St.
  • Continue detention Basin #8, adjacent/behind South Shore Hospital (796 Main St., north of Columbian St.)
  • Continue Wetland Mitigation Site A at Union Point property.

Other utilities' work:

  • Comcast commence cable relocations in Abington and on Pond St. in Weymouth.
  • Verizon commence cable relocations in Weymouth, assuming Comcast has finished.
  • NGrid Gas continues gas main, across Pond/Pleasant St. intersection. Continue new services.
  • NGrid Gas also continues heading south of Trotter Rd., through Pond St. intersection, and spurs on Pond St.
  • NGrid Gas continue gas main work in Abington, north of Vineyard Rd.

Monday, July 1 to Tuesday, July 2, 2019

P. Gioioso & Sons work:

  • At bridge, continue installing minipiles. Prepare for bridge deck removal.
  • Continue drainage pipe work in Abington, from Oak St. to Clark St.
  • Continue detention Basin #8, adjacent/behind South Shore Hospital (796 Main St., north of Columbian St.).
  • Continue Wetland Mitigation Site A at Union Point property.
  • Commence clearing and site preparation for Whipple St. drainage basin.
  • No work from Wednesday July 3rd through Friday July 5th.

Other utilities' work:

  • Comcast commence cable relocations in Abington and on Pond St. in Weymouth.
  • Verizon continue cable relocations in Weymouth.
  • NGrid Gas continues gas main, across Pond/Pleasant St. intersection. Continue new services.
  • NGrid Gas also continues heading south of Trotter Rd., through Pond St. intersection, and spurs on Pond St
  • NGrid Gas continue gas main work in Abington, north of Vineyard Rd.

P. Gioioso & Sons' schedule is dependent on other utilities completing relocations first. Work is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

Traffic Information

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.

2019 Activities

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. Work along the west shoulder has begun.

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. New signals at Pond Street and Trotter Road will be installed in 2019.

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. Widening in Weymouth will occur in 2019, with Abington scheduled for 2020.

Partial demolition of the existing Route 18 bridge over the MBTA Commuter Rail to occur in summer 2019. This will allow the contractor to construct the new bridge in the temporary location.

Feedback