Post Content

Boston, Chelsea Street Bridge 1, March 15, 2012Construction crews are in the final phase of work in the Chelsea Street bridge replacement project. The bridge was closed to traffic in June 2011 to allow crews to demolish the existing bridge and install the remaining portions of the new bridge. 

The $125.3 million project will improve the efficiency and operation of the bridge for vehicle traffic while significantly enhancing safe navigation of the Chelsea River channel by maritime vessels.

Recent work includes removing the existing piers and protective fender system and installing the new bridge joints and safety barrier.  MassDOT expanded the work to construct new bulkheads on the sides of the channel to prepare the area for the Army Corp of Engineers to widen the channel. 

The work taking place requires coordination with the use of the channel by the vessels that supply a significant portion of heating oil, gasoline and jet fuel throughout New England. 

The current work must be completed while the bridge is closed to vehicular traffic.  To minimize impacts, MassDOT and project stakeholders extended the closure of the bridge so that the work could occur on a continuous basis.  Crews are working double shifts, seven days a week. 

The new bridge is expected to be ready to reopen to vehicular traffic in late April.

Written By:

Recent Posts

MassDOT Releases State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans posted on Jul 19

MassDOT Releases State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans

Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack today joined Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, members of the Massachusetts Legislature, local officials, and transportation advocates at a groundbreaking event in Natick to release the State Bicycle Transportation Plan and State Pedestrian Transportation Plan and to celebrate the start   …Continue Reading MassDOT Releases State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans

Boston: Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Update posted on Jul 19

Boston: Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Update

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced that there will be various overnight impacts including lane closures on I-90 east and westbound as well as short-term detours of Commonwealth Avenue east and westbound in the area of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and the Boston University   …Continue Reading Boston: Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Update

East Boston/Chelsea – Chelsea Street Bridge Notification Pilot Program posted on Jul 18

East Boston/Chelsea – Chelsea Street Bridge Notification Pilot Program

MassDOT is reminding members of the public of its new advanced notification pilot program which is providing information on when the Chelsea Street Bridge, which carries traffic on Chelsea Street between East Boston and Chelsea, may be raised or lowered. Travelers are encouraged to learn   …Continue Reading East Boston/Chelsea – Chelsea Street Bridge Notification Pilot Program