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braintree-route-3-bridges-map-september-2017MassDOT has announced that a public meeting will be held about the Route 3 Bridge Replacement Project in Braintree as follows:

Monday, September 18, 6:30 p.m, Braintree Town Hall

MassDOT’s project team will provide information about traffic impacts and construction operations.

The project will require detours and lane reductions on Route 3 north and southbound in Braintree on the weekends of September 22-25 and October 13-16.

For this $6.3 million project, crews during these weekends will replace two bridges that carry Route 3 over an I-93 ramp just south of the Braintree split, and will put in place setups that will reduce traffic from three to two lanes in each direction and detour traffic away from these bridges.

“A great amount of planning and consideration has gone into this project and work has been designed so that the major construction work associated with replacing these two bridges will occur in just two weekends in order to minimize the impact on the traveling public and local communities,” said Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We encourage the public to avoid traveling through these locations during our accelerated construction work and make informed decisions on route and timing of travel in order to reach their destinations in an efficient manner and do their part to reduce congestion.”

The full hours for the traffic impacts are as follows:

  • Replacing the bridge on Route 3 northbound: 10 p.m., Friday, September 22, through 5 a.m., Monday, September 25.
  • Replacing the bridge on Route 3 southbound: 10 p.m., Friday October 13, through 5 a.m., Monday, October 16.

In order to accommodate construction operations, crews will implement “crossovers” so that all traffic is diverted away from these bridges and shifted onto the adjacent side of the roadway and a nearby ramp. Nearby ramps will also be detoured, and law enforcement details and variable messaging boards will be in place in order to guide drivers during these times.

This full scope of work for this significant construction project includes replacing the existing structurally deteriorated bridge superstructures and general rehabilitation operations. Preparation and work-related activities have been ongoing since this spring. During these two weekends, crews will put in place simple span welded steel plate girders, composite concrete decks as well as modified beam sets in order to complete these accelerated operations in just a 55 hour period. All work associated with the project is expected to be completed by fall 2018.

Drivers should be mindful of potential traffic impacts and should devote their full attention to driving through these active construction zones as MassDOT works to replace the bridges on this regionally significant roadway.

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