Winthrop Beach Shore Protection

Construction began in the summer of 2017 and is expected to be completed in June 2019.
winthrop shoreline


The project entails full-width reconstruction of Winthrop Shore Drive, including widened handicapped-accessible sidewalks; installation of visitor amenities such as benches, bicycle racks, and shower towers at primary beach entryways;  repairs to sea wall railings; and upgrades to the storm water drainage system.  Construction began in the summer of 2017 and is expected to be completed in June 2019.


Project Update

 October 9, 2017 - October 20, 2017

installation of a new water main on winthrop shore drive
Installation of a new water main on Winthrop Shore Drive

The work will continue to move north and includes:

  • Installation of new water main. This work is made possible through the cooperation of the Town of Winthrop and the DCR.
  • Installation of foundations and conduit for new light poles on the oceans side of Winthrop Shore Drive
  • Seawall repairs in the Highlands area between Locust Street and Grovers Avenue:
    • The granite block seawall work includes injection grouting to water-proof behind the wall and repointing of the joints between the blocks.
    • This work is tidally dependent, so work hours will vary to coincide with favorable tidal conditions
    • The construction work areas will be closed off for the safety of the public.

Please note that some of the current work activities on the project will require construction work on Saturdays.

Traffic and Parking Impacts

  • During the work day, traffic is detoured off Winthrop Shore Drive to Shirley Street. Detour signs are provided to direct traffic. State and Winthrop Police are provided to assist in the detouring of traffic.
  • After the work day is completed, two-way traffic is restored on Winthrop Shore Drive.
  • Please note that where construction is scheduled to occur, there will be signs prohibiting parking between 6 am and 4 pm. Please remove cars from Shore Drive by 6 am to ensure that construction can begin promptly at 7 am. Your cooperation is appreciated!


Additional Resources

Photo Request

old photo narrow gauge winthrop
Narrow Gauge R.R. Curve, Winthrop MA

Have any old photos that shows the narrow-gauge when it ran along Winthrop Beach in the Highlands, like the photo on the left?  We are planning a plaque in the restored Highland Park to commemorate the Boston Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad, which looped through Winthrop until the 1940s. 

If anyone has an old photograph that shows the railroad or a train passing here, we would like to consider using it!  Please drop by James Caputo at the DCR trailer on Shore Drive or call him at 617-846-1489.  Thank you!

Questions or Concerns

Questions or concerns during construction, please see DCR Resident Engineer Jim Caputo, reachable by phone or at the trailer located at the Winthrop Beach Bathhouse on Mermaid Ave, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

If you have other questions or concerns, or wish to subscribe to project updates via the DCR project-specific listserv, contact DCR’s Office of Community Relations at (617) 626-4973 or 

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