Work continues through the winter on the Craigie Drawbridge Rehabilitation project, funded by the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair and replace structurally-deficient bridges across the Commonwealth.
During the past weekend, workers used a barge to deliver large pieces of the bridge and erected two of the bascule leafs using the crane seen at left. The crew was undeterred by cold and snowy conditions.
During January, the contractor is removing the temporary bridges and installing the new prefabricated bascule leaf. Prefabricated sections of the bridge are moved onto the barge from an assembly and staging area upriver. The same process will continue through February.
To allow for the work, MassDOT on January 8 closed all inbound travel lanes on Route 28 southbound at the intersection of Land Boulevard for approximately 12 weeks. The Craigie Drawbridge carries McGrath O’Brien Highway (Route 28) between Land Blvd. in Cambridge and Leverett Circle in Boston.
Traffic trying to access I-93 and Storrow Drive is detoured east over the Gilmore (Prison Point) Bridge towards Bunker Hill Community College/City Square. Traffic heading to I-93 Northbound is directed left through Sullivan Square, while traffic trying to access I-93 Southbound and Route 1 via the Tobin Bridge is directed to turn right. Traffic traveling to the Charles Circle Area is detoured westbound down Land Boulevard to the Longfellow Bridge to cross the Charles River. Outbound traffic leaving Boston through Leverett Circle will be unaffected during this period. For more information on the Craigie Drawbridge Rehabilitation project, please see www.mass.gov/massdot/charlesriverbridges.