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Toll Plaza, Allston-Brighton, November 6, 2016

Toll Plaza, Allston-Brighton, November 6, 2016

MassDOT announced that I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike) toll plaza demolition and road reconstruction activities are either on or ahead of schedule at all 23 work zones on the highway between the New York border and Boston.

As of today, Interchange 2 in Lee, Interchange 3 in Westfield, Interchange 11 in Millbury, Interchange 14 in Weston, Interchange 15 in Weston and Interchange 37 where I-90 east and 1A enter the Ted Williams Tunnel, have completed the first phase of demolition and reconstruction activities that were scheduled to be completed by November 22.

Travelers are advised to devote their full attention to driving through these work zones, as several toll plaza locations are scheduled to complete Phase One work this week and therefore lanes of travel will be shifted from the outer areas of former toll booth plazas to the center lanes of travel.

The following is additional information on the status of interchanges on I-90:

In West Stockbridge, MassDOT crews and contractors have completed the dense grading and fine grading of the roadway, and will be paving today.

At toll plazas located in Chicopee and Ludlow, Phase One work continues as contractors finish grading the roadway and undertaking paving operations today. Phase One work is scheduled to be completed this week.

At Interchange 9 in Sturbridge, paving operations began last night and crews placed median barriers to separate the travel lanes from the active construction areas.

At interchanges in Auburn, one of the plazas in Millbury, Hopkinton, Framingham, and Natick, work continues on schedule, and crews are proceeding with operations including road striping, paving, barrier realignment, and roadway grading.

At Interchange 14 in Weston, crews completed Phase One work several days ago, and will be striping and marking the roadway tomorrow for new lane shifts.   By late Tuesday night, crews are scheduled to implement the traffic pattern that will remain in place for the winter months.

At Interchange 15 in Weston, Phase One work was completed early last week and the roadway is now setup with the lane alignments that will remain in place during the winter months.  At this interchange construction has progressed so efficiently that road reconstruction work scheduled to be finished by April 2017 is being finished now.

At Interchanges 18, 19 and 20 in Allston/Brighton, road reconstruction activities are occurring and this activity includes paving, installing traffic controls, and putting in place barriers to separate travel lanes from the work zones.

At Interchange 31, the Ted Williams Tunnel toll plaza used by vehicles from I-90 westbound and Route 1A, paving is scheduled to begin tomorrow night.

The six work zones where Phase One work has been completed are now transitioning to the next phases of construction.  And although there are specific management, design, and construction plans for each of the 23 work zones, in general, the activities during Phase Two are similar and include drainage work, installation of catch basins and culverts, and demolition of remaining structures including facility buildings.  Not all of this work will be visible to the driving public as it may be ground level or sub-surface work, but it is critical to the successful completion of this project.

The driver experience during Phase Two should be relatively the same as during the end of Phase One in that drivers will be able to proceed through work zones at the posted speed limit and the roadway will have essentially the same or higher vehicle capacity. Drivers should be prepared for shifts in traffic patterns that may be necessary as construction progresses.

The length of Phase Two work will vary as each of the 23 work zones has its own physical challenges and considerations.  The overall Toll Demolition and Road Reconstruction Project is scheduled to be complete by the end of calendar year 2017.

Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and allow extra time for travel.  Members of the public with concerns or questions can email Aetinfo@dot.state.ma.us.  Check the Electronic Tolling website for more information. Visit EZDriveMA.com for EZPass account and Pay-By-Plate information.

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