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mass-ave-bridge-demolition-2-may-11-2018MassDOT today announced that work is proceeding on schedule to demolish the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge over Commonwealth Avenue in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

The bridge is being replaced and the new bridge is scheduled to open to travelers at 5 a.m., Tuesday, May 15.

The traffic impacts occurring at this time are as follows:

  • As part of the project to replace the City of Boston’s bridge that carries Massachusetts Avenue over Commonwealth Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue north and southbound are now closed in the vicinity of the bridge until 5:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 15. The Commonwealth Avenue bypass travel lanes under the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge are currently closed to traffic. MassDOT is using accelerated construction techniques to fully replace the bridge during the next several days.
  • Local access is being maintained to businesses and residences on Commonwealth Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. Parking is being maintained on Massachusetts Avenue. View the detours map and the No Parking Flyer for more details. Bicyclists and pedestrians can use the Charlesgate East and Hereford Street crossings. MBTA bus service for Routes 1 and CT1 are being detoured and MBTA customers should plan to allow extra time to reach their destinations.  View the details about bus stop relocations.

Meanwhile, MassDOT has announced that the Longfellow Bridge over the Charles River will also be closed to all non-emergency vehicles on Saturday, May 12, and on Sunday, May 13. The MBTA Red Line will run bus shuttles to replace trains that cannot use the Longfellow Bridge this weekend.

  • Due to the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project, shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains in both directions between Park Street and Kendall/MIT Stations, with a stop at Charles/MGH Station, on Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13.The bus route and stops are shown on this map.
  • The Longfellow Bridge will also be closed to all private and commercial vehicular traffic from 11:00 p.m., Friday, May 11, until 5:00 a.m., Monday, May 14.
  • Access will be maintained on the Longfellow Bridge the weekend of May 12 for bus shuttles, emergency vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Bicyclists, both inbound and outbound, and pedestrians will use the shared downstream sidewalk during the work. All other motor vehicles, including passenger vehicles and trucks, will need to use one of two Boston-bound detour routes to reach Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28) and Leverett Circle.

 Signage and messaging will be in place to notify drivers of these detours. MassDOT encourages the public to be mindful of potential traffic impacts. Those traveling through the area should reduce speed and use caution. The schedule for this work is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

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