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commave_msthdThe Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced that the “dry run” of traffic logistics on I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike) in Boston that reduced traffic to two lanes in each direction was successfully completed at approximately 7:00 a.m. this morning. All lane restrictions and ramp closures associated with the dry run have been restored and there are now four lanes of traffic flowing in each direction on I-90 in Boston.

“We are pleased to have successfully completed this dry run ahead of schedule and gained valuable information and insight into the deployment of the necessary traffic setup on I-90 that will be used for the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project this summer,” said Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “After putting the logistics into place at approximately midnight on Friday, we monitored the traffic configuration throughout Saturday and into Sunday morning, and were able to complete our operations ahead of schedule due to the cooperation of the traveling public and the hard work of our crews and contractors, and law enforcement personnel.”

Between July 26, and August 14, MassDOT will carry out major construction operations as part of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project that will significantly impact travel throughout the Boston University/Saint Paul Street neighborhood. These impacts include lane reductions on I-90, traffic restrictions on Commonwealth Avenue, diversions to MBTA bus service, the Green Line B Branch, as well as weekend impacts to the Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail line and Amtrak service.

This project, which would take an estimated four to five years using conventional techniques with significant lane-takings and service disruptions, is scheduled for completion in 2019 under the accelerated plans, with future construction activities and service impacts expected in the summer of 2018. The project will replace the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge superstructure and add functional and safety improvements to Commonwealth Avenue, such as additional dedicated bike lanes and extensive pedestrian pathway improvements.

Individuals are encouraged to sign up for email notices to receive public meeting notices, construction updates and traffic alerts. The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project website also contains specific details and maps and individuals can contact MassDOT with questions at: CommAveBridge@dot.state.ma.us.

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