BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) work crews are continuing to make progress on the project to replace the eastbound side of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge that spans the Massachusetts Turnpike and the MBTA Commuter Rail and Amtrak rail lines in Boston.
The crews have demolished all the existing steel girders on the eastbound side of the bridge, are continuing to work on sections of the existing backwall, and are scheduled to start installing new steel girders today on the final span on the eastbound side. Additionally, crews are continuing to put in place precast concrete deck panels, fill in the gaps between these concrete panels with “closure pours” and build new rail infrastructure in the area where the MBTA Green Line travels over the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.
Throughout the weekend, Mass Pike westbound is reduced to one lane to allow for construction and work operations and will remain in that configuration until Monday, August 7.
Until Monday, August 7, the Mass Pike eastbound will primarily be two lanes of travel with some off-peak hour lane reductions possible as construction activities necessitate.
On Monday, August 7, the Mass Pike eastbound and westbound are both scheduled to return to three lanes of travel each.
“Our crews are working 24/7 throughout the weekend installing the last of the new steel girders on the eastbound side of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and are continuing to put in place precast concrete deck panels as part of the detailed accelerated construction design plans,” Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, said in a press release.. “A great amount of planning and consideration has gone into this major construction project and we appreciate the cooperation of the public and their efforts to reroute or reduce their travel so that our work crews can conduct operations this summer in ways that minimize the overall impact on the local community.”
“In order to accommodate our construction operations, I-90 westbound is reduced to just one lane of travel until Monday morning, and I-90 eastbound has two lanes of travel during this time,” said Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Our schedule has I-90 returning to three lanes of travel in each direction on Monday morning, and motorists and members of the public should continue to make informed decisions regarding their route and timing of travel, and utilize the appropriate technology tools including mass511, Waze, or our GoTime mobile app before heading out onto the roadways.”
Buses have replaced trains on the MBTA’s Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail line through the weekend and normal service is scheduled to resume on Monday, August 7.
This weekend, shuttle buses are running between Boston Landing and Reservoir Station on the Green Line. Outbound Framingham/Worcester trains will depart Boston Landing at their regularly scheduled weekend times.