Hello again! Just a quick post today to give you a heads up of some trouble spots you may run into in the coming weekend and week ahead after that. I hope you had a wonderful Fourth. I was fortunate enough to be able to watch the Esplanade fireworks -- several blocks away, up a hill, and under an umbrella! :)
Let's see what's up...
If you normally use the Quincy Center parking garage to take the Red line into the city, bad news: the garage has been closed indefinitely due to structural concerns. The MBTA suggests you use the Quincy Adams, Braintree and North Quincy stations as alternates.
Also, keep in mind - starting up next weekend the T will be busing between JFK/UMass and Ashmont station on various weekends through August. Officials say they need to close down service so they can perform track work. I'll keep an eye on that and let you know when those closures will be throughout the summer.
Green Line B riders will have to tolerate some busing on that branch this weekend. Train service will be suspended between Boston College and Babcock Street from the start of service Saturday until the end of service Sunday. Buses will make all stops on the route. The MBTA says they're doing track work in the suspended stretch.
Orange line riders, don't forget: the T busing will take place between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square every Sunday through Thursday night from July 8 to December 28. The diversions will begin at 9:00 each evening and will last until the end of service that night. Buses will make all stops. Officials for the T say the diversion is necessary as track, signal, and power work are all being done in that stretch to continue the Assembly Square Project.
Remember that Saturday commuter rail service will not run this weekend on the Needham line, as well as on the Greenbush and Plymouth/Kingston lines. Sunday service has been cut on the Greenbush and Plymouth/Kingston lines as well. These are continual, permanent cutbacks included in the MBTA service cuts.
You'll find brake lights here...
Route 128 in both directions between Route 20 (Exit 26) and Totten Pond Road (Exit 27), Waltham: work crews will take lanes in both directions between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. throughout the week.
495 Northbound between Boston Road (Exit 32) and Route 4 (Exit 33), Westford: expect the roadway to be reduced to one lane for paving work between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. throughout the week.
495 Southbound between Bay Street (Exit 9) and Route 138 (Exit 8), Taunton: expect at least one lane taken for road work between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
O'Neill Tunnel in both directions, Boston: expect multiple lane closures between Government Center (Exit 23) and Storrow Drive (Exit 26) for continuous maintenance work.
Route 24 in both directions at Route 44 (Exit 13), Raynham: Bridge maintenance work takes the left and right shoulders from Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Route 1 Northbound between Main Street and Noah's Motors, Saugus: right lane is closed weekday nights between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. for water main installation.
Mass Pike East at the Prudential Center tunnel: All travel lanes are closed Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Follow posted detours.
North Harvard Street over the Larz Anderson Bridge: Continual lane closures are in effect in both directions for bridge reconstruction work. No left turn onto Memorial Drive from JFK Street.
Tobin Bridge in both directions: Watch for continual lane closures as DOT crews continue to paint the bridge. These will be in effect until November.
That's it for this week - I'll be back on Monday (and I'm sure many of you will be back to the regular routine, as well). I'll have answers to more of your questions and some headlines from the past week. Until then, enjoy the weekend!
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