North Washington Street Bridge Construction Look-Ahead Through February 4

This is a brief overview of construction operations and impacts for the North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project. MassDOT will provide additional notices as needed for high-impact work and changes to traffic configurations beyond those described below.

Contraflow Pilot

The MassDOT-implemented pilot contraflow traffic setup on the temporary bridge will continue to be in effect during evening peak traffic (3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.), Monday through Friday for 6 months.

The temporary bridge’s current roadway set up provides 1 northbound lane and 2 southbound lanes. As part of the contra-flow pilot, during evening peak traffic there will be 2 northbound lanes and 1 southbound lane.

Traffic monitoring will be in place to determine if the contraflow traffic setup is effective in improving traffic flow.

The contraflow will not be in place during holidays or inclement weather.

Police details, lane markings, temporary barriers, traffic cones, signage, and other tools will be used to control traffic during set up and operation of the contraflow.

Scheduled Work

Weld repairs wrap up

Installation of bridge deck formwork at North Abutment

Installation of utility conduits on bridge structure

Installation of steel support and bolting

Installation of marine wooden fender

Installation of sidewalk steel and formwork

Work Hours

Most work will be done during weekday daytime hours (6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Travel Tips

For everyone using the temporary bridge, please help share the space: walk to the right, walk bikes, and be mindful of people coming from both directions, if walking in a large group.

Drivers should take care to pay attention to all signage and move carefully through the work zone. Police details, lane markings, temporary barriers, traffic cones, signage, and other tools will be used to control traffic and create safe work zones.

The Tudor Wharf Walkway (under the bridge next to the water in Paul Revere Park) will be intermittently closed for safety during construction operations, with access provided via the Water Street underpass. The Boston Harborwalk under the bridge and eastern/harborside bridge sidewalk remain closed until rebuilt.

The contractor is coordinating with the TD Garden and local police to provide awareness and manage traffic impacts during events. For your awareness, the following TD Garden events are scheduled during this look-ahead period:

BRUINS: 1/22 at 7:00 p.m.

CELTICS: 1/26 at 7:30 p.m., 1/28 at 8:30 p.m., 2/1 at 7:30 p.m., 2/3 at 7:30 p.m.

ALL OTHER EVENTS: 1/26 at 7:00 p.m., 2/4 7:00 p.m.

How can I find more information?

Stay up-to-date and informed by following the @MassDOT twitter account and Mass 511 for real-time updates, visiting the project website, or emailing us with any questions.

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Project email: [email protected]

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