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For Immediate Release

July 23, 2021

 

Update: Medford 

All lanes of I-93 Southbound and Roosevelt Circle are Open for Travel  

MassDOT will continue to monitor traffic and make adjustments as needed

MEDFORD – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that all lanes on the Roosevelt Circle eastbound bridge are open to traffic as of 11:10 a.m. Friday, July 23rd. There will be some lane width restrictions in place until permanent repairs can be completed which will take several months. Additionally, all lanes on I-93 southbound reopened for travel as of 4:36 p.m. Thursday night, following the completion of temporary repairs to the Roosevelt Circle Overpass which was damaged by an over height truck on Monday afternoon, July 19. Drivers should expect slowdowns within Roosevelt Circle due to the narrowed lane widths in the area of Route 28, the Fellsway and on and off ramps for I-93.

“MassDOT is thankful for the patience and understanding of the traveling public during these repairs,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver.  “We will continue to work on the permanent repairs to the overpass and monitor and adjust traffic management as needed in the coming weeks.”

An over height vehicle owned by Dove Transportation LLC of Alabama struck the overpass on I-93 southbound on Monday, July 19.  The company was not permitted for the height of the shipment, did not use the required flag cars, and was traveling an unapproved route when it struck the overpass on I-93 southbound. Dove Transportation had secured permits for a smaller load with a different route.  MassDOT intends to hold the trucking company legally and financially responsible for damages and will be reviewing the company’s eligibility for obtaining permits in Massachusetts in the future.  Massachusetts State Police have released initial information about the bridge collision and their investigation: https://mspnews.org/2021/07/20/msp-investigating-medford-bridge-collision/

For more information on traffic conditions travelers are encouraged to:

  • Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

 

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