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braintree-route-3-bridges-map-southbound-october-12-2017MassDOT held a news conference today to highlight the traffic impacts for the Route 3 southbound Bridge Replacement Project in Braintree. Detours and lane reductions on Route 3 north and southbound and area roadways will be required this weekend, October 13-16.

Previously, in one weekend in September, as part of this $6.3 million project, MassDOT crews replaced the Route 3 northbound bridge. These bridges are used by Route 3 traffic in Braintree just south of the Braintree split.

“While the September 55-hour period of weekend work required lane closures on Route 3 northbound, this weekend’s work will mean lane closures on both Route 3 north and southbound as well as detours on surrounding roadways,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We have designed this project so that the major bridge replacement operations occur during these two weekends in order to minimize the impacts on the traveling public and the local communities. We appreciate the understanding of the public about this vital infrastructure work and encourage drivers to again seek alternate routes and avoid this area if possible as we replace this bridge on Route 3 southbound beginning Friday night.”

The full hours for the traffic impacts this weekend are as follows:

  • 10 p.m., Friday October 13, through 5 a.m., Monday, October 16.

The lane closures and detours this weekend are as follows:

  • A lane reduction on Route 3 north and southbound in the area of Exit 19.
  • A detour for traffic that is seeking use Exit 19 off of I-93 and access the Burgin Parkway. All lanes on I-93 north and southbound will remain open during these times and the detour route will utilize Exit 18 and local roadways.
  • A detour for local traffic on Washington Street that is seeking to use the on-ramp to access I-93. All lanes on I-93 north and southbound will remain open during these times and the detour route will utilize local roadways.

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. Traffic using 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.

The full scope of work for this significant construction project has been explained to the public, elected officials and the media on several occasions earlier this year.  The project includes replacing the existing structurally deteriorated bridge superstructures and general rehabilitation operations. Preparation and work-related activities have been ongoing since this spring. Over the course of the weekend in September and during this upcoming weekend, crews put in place simple span welded steel plate girders, composite concrete decks as well as modified beam sets.  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. For more information on traffic conditions travelers are also encouraged to:

  • Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

All scheduled work is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

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