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image1-4MassDOT is pleased to announce that replacement of the bridge carrying Massachusetts Avenue traffic over Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay is complete and that the bridge is now open for travel.  Crews yesterday finished several important tasks including the forming, rebar and concrete placement for the closure pours and backwall, waterproofing of abutment, the installation of approach slabs and then the paving of approach slabs.

Meanwhile, the eastbound and westbound Commonwealth Avenue bypass roadways under the bridge will remain closed for travel until approximately Wednesday, May 23.  Also, single lane closures on Massachusetts Avenue north and southbound in the vicinity of the bridge over Commonwealth Avenue will occur periodically through August, as needed, during off-peak hours on weekdays, in order to allow the contractor to continue surface work such as sidewalk finishing, deck waterproofing and paving and installation of utilities for new street lighting and traffic signals.  In addition, fencing will be refurbished and new concrete pilasters built which will match the historic shape and look of the existing ones.

MassDOT appreciates the cooperation and patience of the traveling public as core infrastructure is maintained and rebuilt.  Since January 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration hasspent over $3.3 billion on construction projects. 

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