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A facelift over the Fore River, and around-town slowdowns

Posted by Nichole Davis  August 13, 2012 02:44 AM

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Happy Monday! (Yeah, yeah, I know. Sorry, heh.)

A bit of a mish-mash of a post today - I've got some news for you on a construction project that will keep Route 128 drivers on the brakes in the overnight hours this week in Peabody ... also, we'll talk about the latest news for the new Fore River Bridge ... and, of course, downtown construction.

Speaking of, let's start with that...

Downtown slowdowns

Mass Pike Westbound

The ramp from I-93 northbound at exit 20 to I-90 westbound, as well as the ramp from northbound Frontage Road to the Pike westbound, will close on Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:30 PM to 5 AM.

The ramp from the Sumner Tunnel to the Surface Artery, as well as the ramp from the Sumner Tunnel to I-93 northbound, will close on Thursday from 11:30 PM to 5 AM.

Mass Pike Eastbound

All travel lanes will close Tuesday and Thursday from 11 PM to 5 AM. All eastbound traffic will be diverted at Exit 22 (Prudential Center/Copley Square).

The ramp from the South Boston Bypass Road to the Pike eastbound will close on Tuesday and Thursday from 11 PM to 5 AM.

The H.O.V. tunnel will close on Monday from 10 PM to 5 AM.

The ramp from exit 20 northbound to I-90 eastbound/Airport, as well as the northbound Frontage Road to I-90 eastbound/Airport, will close on Tuesday from 11:59 PM to 5 AM.

O'Neill Tunnel / Expressway Southbound

The ramp from Leverett Circle to I-93 southbound will close on Monday from 11 PM to 5 AM.

The ramp from Purchase St. at Congress St. to I-93 southbound will close on Thursday from 11 PM to 5 AM.

The ramp from Cross St. to I-93 southbound will close on Thursday from 11:30 PM to 5 AM.

O'Neill Tunnel / Expressway Northbound

The ramp from exit 26 to I-93 northbound, as well as the ramp from the Sumner Tunnel to Storrow Drive, will close on Monday from 11:30 PM to 5 AM.

The ramp from I-93 northbound to Government Center will close on Wednesday from 10 PM to 5 AM.

Storrow Drive Tunnels

The Storrow Drive Tunnel westbound, which carries traffic under Leverett Circle, will close on Monday through Thursday nights from 11:30 PM to 5 AM.

Peabody problems

If you're heading into the Peabody stretch of 128/95, expect heavier delays than usual this week. Construction crews have closed several lanes on 95 northbound near the on-ramp from Route 1 northbound. Those crews will have lanes consistently closed each overnight this week starting at 7:00 pm. They'll be all picked up early Friday morning.

What are they doing there? MassDOT says they're trying to finish some important bridge repairs, and they're also trying to get paving done. You'll see the left lanes closed for the first half of the week, and there will still be access from Route 1 onto 95 North.

However, on Tuesday and Wednesday, during the overnight hours, there will be no access from Route 1 North onto 95 North. You'll be kept on Route 1 North and will have to seek an alternate to access 95/128 North. The right lanes will also be closed during those hours.

Fore River Facelift

It's been a bit of a process to get there, but it's finally about to get started... MassDOT has announced that they will soon be breaking ground on a new permanent Fore River bridge, which will connect Quincy and Weymouth. It's one of the "mega" projects involved in the state's Accelerated Bridge program.

The bridge that's currently there is just a temporary one, which was set up to keep drivers from traversing on the significantly deteriorated "actual" bridge. That bridge, which ran for almost ten years right next to the current travel lanes, was built in 1936. Being a busy stretch of water, and with all the boat travel (be it commercial or otherwise) under the bridge, the bridge wore out and was deemed unsafe for car and pedestrian usage.

They've since knocked down the old bridge, and, after several years of public meetings in the area, have decided to build a new "vertical lift" bridge in its place. MassDOT says the project is still in the designing phase, and they just this month announced the contractor chosen for the project: White-Skanska Koch, J.V.

It looks like the whole project's estimated cost is around $244.6 million, at least to start. The end of construction is forecast for somewhere in 2016. If you want more information, head over to the project-specific page here.

When the bridge goes up, it already causes a bit of a traffic hassle, but, as you can imagine, this is going to elevate that ten-fold. Do you travel over the Fore River bridge often? What are your thoughts on the project?

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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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