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The usual slowdowns (and some unexpected ones, too)

Posted by Nichole Davis  July 27, 2012 12:10 AM

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Hello again! Checking in for the usual Friday roundup of some potential trouble spots on the roads, and diversions you'll have to worry about this weekend on the T system.

Coming up on Monday I'll have more questions answered for you, including a quandry on traffic lights - why do some run so long, and some only for what seems like a millisecond?

Also, a quick update on yesterday's entry: the Massachusetts State Police have given out more details on their extra patrol plan for Route 24 and Interstate 195. They say they'll put out 11 more patrols on both Friday and Saturday nights starting this weekend through Labor Day. These patrols will be in addition to the usual runs they make.

Anyway, here comes the list!

MBTA Matters

Anyone heading to Fenway Park, Kenmore Square or Boston University on the Green Line B branch this weekend: busing will replace service between Kenmore and BU East starting Saturday morning. The busing will last through the end of service on Sunday night. The buses will make all stops. The T says the diversion is in place so crews can do necessary track improvements. (You may almost be better walking this stretch as opposed to waiting for the bus, if you've got a little extra time and some energy. Just my two cents!)

The Red Line Quincy Center garage is still closed indefinitely due to structural concerns. The MBTA suggests you use the Quincy Adams, Braintree and North Quincy stations as alternates. Over 100 new parking spots have been opened up for use at the Quincy Adams station. A street-level entrance for the garage via the Burgin Parkway has also been made available, so there's no need to get onto 93 or Route 3 to access the garage. Still no ETA from the T as to when the garage will reopen. I'll keep you posted.

No Red Line diversions on the Ashmont span this weekend. The next time you'll find planned busing on that stretch is next weekend, August 4-5.

Orange line busing continues between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square each Sunday through Thursday night until December 28. Diversions start up at 9:00 each evening and will last until the end of service that night. The shuttle 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.

You'll find slowdowns here...

495 northbound between Boston Road, Westford (Exit 32 to Woburn Street, Lowell (Exit 37): ongoing lane stripping and paving operations in the left lane.

Route 128 southbound at Routes 4/225, Lexington (Exits 31 A/B): utility work blocks the right lane tonight (Friday) through Sunday, July 29.

Route 128 in both directions, between I-95, Canton (Exit 1) and Great Plain Avenue, Needham (Exit 17): road widening project blocks the left lane through most middays and overnights. Expect significant delays.

Route 128 in both directions, between Route 38, Woburn (Exit 35) and Route 3, Burlington (Exits 32 A/B): left lane is closed for ongoing median work. Lane restrictions are in place. Expect heavy delays.

O'Neill Tunnel in both directions, Boston: expect multiple lane closures between Government Center (Exit 23) and Storrow Drive (Exit 26) Sunday through Thursday from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for continuous maintenance work.

Storrow Drive Tunnel, both directions, by Leverett Circle (Boston): expect complete closures and detours Sunday through Thursday, 10:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.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: expect all travel lanes closed at various times 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.

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Nichole Davis is a Boston-based traffic reporter and news anchor. She’s been seen and heard on television and radio airwaves across New England since 2003, providing commuters with all the More »

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