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

Traffic advisories and construction information.

Work on the Tobin Bridge / Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project began on Monday, April 1, 2019 and requires significant traffic impacts including 24/7 lane closures.

Tobin Bridge/Chelsea curves Route 1 capacity and lane closures

Construction Look-Ahead: June 16 – June 29, 2019

This is a brief overview of construction operations and traffic impacts for the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project. MassDOT will provide additional notices as needed for high-impact work, temporary ramp and street closures, and changes to traffic configurations beyond those described below.

Traffic Shift on Monday night, June 24

Beginning Monday night, June 24, the travel lanes on Route 1 northbound will shift from the right side to the middle of the roadway through the Chelsea Curves. 2 of 3 travel lanes will continue to be open during daytime hours (5 a.m. –10 p.m.). Police details, lane markings, temporary barriers, traffic cones, signage, and other tools will help direct traffic through the lane shifts.

Traffic Impacts

  • Route 1 Northbound: Approaching the Tobin Bridge from Boston, the workzone begins in the righthand lane. 2 of 3 travel lanes will be open during daytime hours (5 a.m. –10 p.m.) and at least 1 travel lane will be open during overnight hours (10 p.m.–5 a.m.).
  • Route 1 Southbound: Approaching the Chelsea Curves from the North Shore, the workzone begins in the lefthand lane. 2 of 3 travel lanes will be open during daytime hours (5 a.m. –10 p.m.) and at least 1 travel lane will be open during overnight hours (10 p.m.–5 a.m.).
  • Ramps: The Sixth Street on-ramp will be closed overnight on Monday June 24. All other on- and off-ramps will remain open.
  • Local Streets: The Spruce Street temporary reconfiguration will remain in place for approximately 2-3 months.

Preview of Upcoming Traffic Impacts

  • Beginning on Monday, July 8, the Fourth Street off-ramp will close for 1-2 months for required steel repairs, structural rehabilitation, and safety improvements.

Work Hours

  • Most work will occur in during daytime working hours (6 a.m.–2 p.m.) on weekdays. Some work will take place during the afternoon (2 p.m.–7 p.m) and nighttime working hours (9 p.m.–5 a.m.) and on Saturdays (6 a.m.–2 p.m).

Summary of Work Completed

  • In the two weeks prior to June 16, crews deconstructed the median barrier, paved the median, formed bridge deck, strengthened concrete with vacuum pumps, and repaired steel, bridge deck, and joints, installed a dust containment system, power washed and excavated around support column footings, placed concrete columns, and installed micropiles.

Description of Scheduled Work

  • Route 1 Northbound: Pave and prepare median for NB traffic shift, form and power wash bridge deck, place and cure concrete, and repair steel, bridge deck, and joints.
  • Route 1 Southbound: Pave and prepare median for NB traffic shift. Weld and paint new deflector plates.
  • Underneath the Structures: Replace and paint steel, continue installation of dust containment system, power wash and paint columns and support beams, excavate around support column footings, place concrete columns, and install micropiles.

Travel Tips

The North Washington Street Bridge Replacement is also underway which requires local traffic impacts.

Drivers should take care to pay attention to all signage 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 contractors are coordinating with local event organizers and police to provide awareness and manage traffic during events. For your awareness, the following events are scheduled during this look-ahead period:

  • TD Garden Events: June 22 at 8 p.m., June 27 at 7 p.m., June 28 at 8 p.m., June 29 at 8 p.m.
  • Encore Casino Grand Opening: June 23
  • Red Sox (Fenway Park): June 21 at 7:10 p.m., June 22 at 4:05 p.m., June 23 at 1:05 p.m., June 24 at 7:10 p.m., June 25 at 7:10 p.m., June 26 at 1:05 p.m., June 29 at 1:10 p.m.
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