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Take two on a Pike closure, and downtown slowdowns

Posted by Nichole Davis  September 10, 2012 12:14 AM

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Happy Monday to you... today's post includes your usual list of downtown construction, which involves a couple of closures on the Expressway and the Mass Pike. Speaking of that closure on the Pike, this is the one that was supposed to take place last week but was benched due to a heavy storm that moved through. There's also some information on the continuation of the Neponset River Bridge paving, which has made traffic significantly heftier than usual through that area on the Expressway and local roads.

Coming up later this week, we're going to get into the debate of "128". Why do people use it? Should we continue? I'll ask some local traffic reporter friends of mine and I'll also put in my two cents.

Try, try again

Last week, the Pike was set to shut down completely for road work on Tuesday night - but a large storm moved in and caused the mission to abort early. MassDOT says they're going to give it another go Tuesday evening.

The Ted Williams Tunnel will start to shut down eastbound around 11 PM on Tuesday, with the full shutdown occurring at midnight on Wednesday. The tunnel will be reopened by 5 AM.

Officials say crews will be continuing the cleaning work they've previously done in that tunnel, which is the same work that required shutdowns of the O'Neill Tunnel from time to time earlier this year. They'll be washing down ceilings, walls, walkways and drains.

So, if you're taking the Pike to the airport or East Boston, be sure to follow this detour: you'll be taken off the highway and put onto Atlantic Avenue. You'll then follow that to the Callahan Tunnel at Valenti Way, which will take you into East Boston. Trucks will take a different detour: you'll be put onto 93 Northbound at Atlantic Avenue, which will then lead you to Route 1 North via the Tobin Bridge. From there, you can access Route 16 East to Route 1A South, which will take you toward the airport.

(The forecast looks pretty clear for Tuesday night, so it'll take something big to cancel the cleaning work this go-round.)

Brake lights over the Neponset

You may have noticed that traffic on the Expressway near Neponset, as well as by the Neponset River bridge, has been significantly worse over the past couple of weeks. DOT crews have been working on paving there, and they've announced that they'll be out there again this week. The crews will on the bridge for three days and will attempt to keep one lane open during all paving operations.

On Monday, the southbound lanes will be taken before the Hancock Street off-ramp from 6 AM to 10 AM. They'll then move to the southbound approach to the bridge on the Boston side between 10:30 AM into the rush hour - the crews are scheduled to pick up around 3:30.

On Tuesday the crews will start out on the northbound on-ramp from Hancock Street between 6 AM to 11 AM. They'll then head over to the two left lanes near the middle of the bridge. They'll head to the base of the bridge by Neponset Circle and pave that as we head into rush hour in the afternoon.

On Wednesday crews will begin their day in the southbound lanes at the entrance to the ramp leading onto Commander Shea Boulevard, and also on the off-ramp to Quincy Shore Drive southbound from Commander Shea They'll be there from 6 AM to 10 AM. From 11 AM to 3:30 PM paving the crews will be working on the northbound lanes of Quincy Shore Drive in front of Neponset Cleaners and the former Java Java Coffee shop.

The DOT says these lane restrictions will be in place for all three days:

There will be two SB travel lanes from Neponset Circle and one SB travel lane from Hancock Street and Quincy Shore Drive. There will be one NB travel lane from Quincy Shore Drive and one NB travel lane carrying traffic from Newport Ave. towards the mid-point of the bridge. The southbound sidewalk is open for pedestrian use.

Expect hefty delays on the Expressway and around the entire area.

You'll find slowdowns here (downtown Boston edition)...

Expressway / O'Neill Tunnel Southbound

The Essex St. ramp to 93 southbound will close on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 PM to 5 AM.

The ramp from Purchase St. at Congress St. to 93 southbound / the Pike westbound will close on Tuesday from 11 PM to 5 AM.

The ramps from the Surface Artery southbound at New Chardon St. to 93 southbound and the Callahan Tunnel will close on Tuesday from 11 PM to 5 AM.

++ COMPLETE CLOSURE ++ of exit 23 (Purchase St.) and exit 20B (Mass Pike and Albany St.) on Tuesday from 11 PM to 5 AM.

Expressway / O'Neill Tunnel Northbound

The ramp from Atlantic Ave. to 93 northbound will close on Monday from 10 PM to 5 AM.

++ COMPLETE CLOSURE ++ 93 NB at exit 16 (Southampton Street) on Monday from 11:59 PM to 5 AM. All traffic will be detoured along Frontage Road back to I-93.

The ramp from Cross Street and the Sumner Tunnel to 93 NB will close on Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 PM to 5 AM.

Mass Pike Eastbound

The ramp from Exit 20 northbound to the Pike eastbound and the ramp from Frontage Road northbound to the Pike eastbound will close on Monday and Tuesday from 11:59 PM to 5 AM.

The ramp from the South Boston Bypass Road to the Pike eastbound will close on Tuesday from 11:15 PM to 5 AM.

Mass PIke Westbound

The ramp from the Sumner Tunnel to the Surface Artery and 93 northbound will close on Wednesday from 11:30 PM to 5 AM.

The ramps from Congress St. to 93 southbound and the Ted Williams Tunnel westbound (Exit 24) to 93 will close on Friday from 11:30 PM to 5 AM.

Storrow Drive Tunnels

The Storrow Drive Tunnel westbound will close on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:30 PM to 5 AM.

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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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