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Cleansing closures, air show annoyances, and other slowdowns

Posted by Nichole Davis  August 3, 2012 12:38 AM

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Greetings to you! Another Friday, thankfully, which means another closures and detours post (brought to you by caffeine and my air conditioner)!

Lots to talk about today - Western Mass. drivers will have some tough delays to wrestle with this weekend ... Pike drivers are facing delays during an overnight next week so some intense scrubbing can be done ... and, of course, it's another weekend of busing on the Red Line. All the details behind the jump.

MBTA Matters

Attention, Ashmont passengers: The Red Line will be busing again on the Ashmont span this weekend in both directions. The buses will make all stops between JFK/UMass and Ashmont between the start of service Saturday until the end of service Sunday. The MBTA says they've been doing all this busing so they can perform track work... keep in mind, though, there will be one more weekend in August where they'll be doing the same thing. Be sure to allow extra time.

Unfortunately for Red Line users, the Quincy Center garage is still closed indefinitely due to structural concerns. You should use the Quincy Adams, Braintree and North Quincy stations as alternates. It'll be a bit easier to park at Quincy Adams than it has been, though -- over 100 new parking spots have been opened up for use there. 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.

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.

Go directly to the detour, do not pass downtown Boston...

The Mass Pike eastbound will be completely closed Tuesday evening into early Wednesday morning for heavy cleaning maintenance work. Traffic will be taken off the road downtown and directed onto Atlantic Avenue ... you'll then be able to enter the Callahan Tunnel at the Valenti Way / Beverley Street intersection.

If you're a trucker, you'll have a separate detour to follow:
take the I-93 NB on ramp from Atlantic Avenue at the Seaport Boulevard intersection to Route 1 Northbound over the Tobin Bridge. That'll take you to Route 16 Eastbound to Route 1A Southbound.

What are they doing during the overnight they'll have the road closed? Workers and contractors will be washing walkways, ceilings, and walls. They'll also be cleaning drains. They've been doing this work on 93 twice a month for the past few months, and now it's time to gussy up the Pike. They'll be closing the Pike westbound later this month, and I'll let you know when that's coming up.

Air show aggravation

Heads up, Western Mass. drivers: there's an air show going on in Chicopee this weekend at Westover Air Force Base - and that's going to cause some heftier-than-usual delays all over the Springfield area.

The DOT says they're directing Pike eastbound traffic to the show off at Exit 5 in Chicopee, and Pike westbound travellers to the show are being told to exit at Exit 7 in Ludlow. They say a similar air show two years ago absolutely jammed not only the Pike, but 291 and 91 as well. Give yourself lots of extra time, and seek out alternates if you're not heading to the air show - local roads to other destinations may be your best bet.

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 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.

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.

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.

On Monday I'll have your weekly roundup of Downtown Boston closures, including the Storrow, O'Neill, and other tunnels, as well as Pike lane restrictions. I'll also have more of your questions answered - have a great weekend!

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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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