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I-95 Add-A-Lane Project Map

I-95 Add-A-Lane Project Map

MassDOT announced that construction crews ended the detour of I-95/Route128 southbound at approximately 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, signaling the completion of the demolition of the “old” Highland Avenue Bridge in Needham as part of the I-95/Route 128 Add-A-Lane project.

The demolition operations were carried out by Barletta Heavy Division and were finished far ahead of schedule, which helped to minimize any travel disruptions.

Demolition activities on this section of the bridge, which began at approximately 8 p.m., on Saturday, were scheduled to conclude on Sunday evening. With demolition work finishing ahead of schedule, peak afternoon travel will not be impacted by traffic diversions. The Monday morning commute will also not be impacted by this weekend’s activities.

On Saturday, Barletta Heavy Division finished demolition on the eastern portion of the Highland Avenue Bridge several hours ahead of schedule, and removed the detour of I-95/Route 128 northbound at approximately 11:40 a.m., which ensured there were no traffic restrictions in the southbound or northbound lanes for Saturday’s peak afternoon travel times.

For the demolition operations, highway vehicles were detoured off I-95/Route 128 and used the two lanes of travel on off-ramps. Drivers then crossed over Highland Avenue and traveled back onto the highway via the on-ramps. Because Highland Avenue at this demolition area was closed to local traffic, vehicles coming from I-95/Route 128 did not need to stop at the traffic lights which on a normal day are active.

The detours of I-95/Route 128 were necessary in order to ensure public safety and facilitate the establishment of a work zone for demolition activities. Appropriate signage and police details were present to guide traffic to the detoured routes.

These demolition activities were major milestones for the Add-A-Lane project, which is scheduled for completion in Spring 2019. Future activities in this project include the continued construction of Highland Avenue, Route 9, and Kendrick Street interchanges, road reconstruction, full-depth excavation, and repaving of the highway and ramps.

For more information, please visit the project website.

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