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Dean Road Bridge closing May 1, construction will disrupt D Line trains

Posted by Brock Parker  April 22, 2010 09:00 AM

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The MBTA’s D Line will be closed from Reservoir Station to Fenway Station on the weekend of May 1 and May 2 as a project begins to reconstruct the Dean Road Bridge that carries motorists over the tracks in Brookline.

The bridge, which is next to the Beaconsfield T stop near Cleveland Circle, will also be closed to motorists that weekend, and will not reopen for nine months.

But D Line trains will be running throughout most of the project and bus service will be provided between Reservoir and Fenway stations when the tracks are closed, said Joseph Nolan, a community outreach coordinator for the MBTA.

Built in 1892, the bridge was modified in 1932, according to the MBTA, and has visibly deteriorated. MBTA officials have said the entire bridge needs to be replaced.

The MBTA has hired S&R Construction to demolish the bridge on Memorial Day weekend May 29-May 31. The D Line tracks will also be closed during the demolition work.

Nolan said tentative dates have been set to close the tracks on three additional occasions, including in mid July when beams will be erected for the new bridge, a fourth closure in October to remove fencing and a fifth shutdown in November for abutment repairs.

Nolan said the MBTA has been meeting with neighbors and will soon begin placing detour signs in the area.

The MBTA will build a bridge for pedestrians in the area during the construction, Nolan said.

Anyone with questions or concerns about the project can contact the MBTA’s construction hotline at 617-222-6757.

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