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commave_msthdThe 2017 Construction Shutdown for the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project is beginning at 9:00 PM on Wednesday, July 26, and will continue through 5:00 AM on Monday, August 14. Please note the construction-related impacts below:

For Pedestrians and Bicyclists:

  • Pedestrians and bicyclists will have full access across the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge on the westbound side throughout construction.
  • Bicyclists heading north and south between Mountfort/Essex Street and the BU Bridge will follow a minor detour route.
  • There will be additional Hubway stations on Commonwealth Avenue during the shutdown (see below).

For Drivers:

  • Commonwealth Avenue Users:
    • Commonwealth Avenue (between Packard’s Corner and Kenmore Square) will be closed to vehicular through traffic (local access only) from 7:00 PM on July 27 to 5:00 AM on August 14.
    • See the “Commonwealth Avenue Closure Detour” on the Traffic Management page.
    • Access will be maintained for businesses and abutting properties. 
  • Boston University (BU) Bridge Users:
    • The BU Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7:00 PM on July 27 to 5:00 AM on August 14.
    • See the “Boston University (BU) Bridge Closure Detour” on the Traffic Management page.
  • I-90 (Mass Pike) Users:
    • From 9:00 PM on July 28 to 5:00 AM on August 7:
      • I-90 between the Allston Interchange and the Beacon Street Overpass in Boston will be reduced to 2 lanes in both directions (There will be additional lane closures during off-peak hours.)
      • The I-90 Eastbound on-ramp from Cambridge Street/Soldiers Field Road will be closed.
      • The I-90 Westbound Exit 20 off-ramp to Brighton/Cambridge will be closed intermittently.
      • See the “I-90 (Mass Pike) Ramp Closures Detour” on the Traffic Management page.

For MBTA Green B Line Users:

  • The Green B Line will be replaced with shuttle buses between Babcock Street and Blandford Street Stations from 9:00 PM on July 26 to 5:00 AM on August 14.
  • See the Green Line page on the project website.

For MBTA Commuter Rail and Amtrak Users:

  • The Commuter Rail Framingham/Worcester Line will be replaced by shuttle buses between Boston Landing and Reservoir Station (on the MBTA Green C and D Lines) during the weekends of July 29-30 and August 5-6.
    • Shuttle buses will operate between Boston Landing and Yawkey Way for the weekend Red Sox games.
    • See the Commuter Rail page on the project website.
    • Amtrak’s Lakeshore Limited Line will be replaced by shuttle buses between South Station and Albany, NY for the weekends of July 29-30 and August 5-6.

For MBTA Bus Users:

  • MBTA Bus Routes CT2 and 47 will be detoured from the normal routes from 7:00 PM on July 27 to 5:00 AM on August 14.
  • See the MBTA Bus page on the project website.
  • Route 57 Bus will operate its normal route.

MassDOT Encourages Active Transportation

There will be pedestrian and bicycle wayfinding signage at all Green Line shuttle bus stops on Commonwealth Avenue to encourage active transportation, especially for short trips. This will help optimize shuttle bus operations by shortening bus wait times and headways.

Additional Hubway Stations

MassDOT is partnering with Hubway to provide additional temporary Hubway stations on Commonwealth Avenue during the construction period at:

  • Babcock Street
  • Silber Way

Hubway Ambassadors will be assisting users at these temporary locations Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM and from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, providing additional bikes on a first-come, first-serve basis. All existing Hubway stations along Commonwealth Avenue and the rest of the Hubway service area will continue to be operational.

For New Hubway Users

  • Download the brand new Hubway mobile app, available for iPhone and Android.
  • Use the app to find a station near you.
  • Starting soon, you’ll also be able to get a pass via the app (only $1 for a single trip or save $20 on a full annual membership during the shutdown!)

For more information, visit thehubway.com, and download the new Hubway mobile app.

Please see the project website: www.mass.gov/massdot/commavebridge
for more information and to review project documents and presentations.

Please share this advisory with anyone you think may be interested in the project, and encourage them to sign up for email alerts for traffic updates and meeting announcements.

For any questions or comments, please contact Jim Kersten, MassDOT Legislative Liaison, at 857-368-9041 or by email at CommAveBridge@dot.state.ma.us.

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