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MassDOT Formal_LogoMassDOT has announced there will be periodic traffic impacts during off-peak travel times due to upcoming blasting operations along I-90, (the Massachusetts Turnpike) at Interchange 15 in Weston beginning on Wednesday, February 1, and occurring once per day on weekdays through February 14.

These low-impact and scheduled blasting operations are one step in the I-90 road reconstruction process following the demolition of toll plaza infrastructure which began following the Commonwealth’s transition on October 28 from manual to all electronic toll collections. These operations will allow the continued construction of the new proposed Exit Ramp R at Interchange 15 in Weston, which will carry I-90 westbound traffic onto I-95 northbound and southbound, and will remove rock at the beginning of the proposed Ramp R area, west of the Park Road bridge and proceeding approximately 500 feet heading along I-90 westbound.

The Weston I-90 blasting activities will be a safe distance away from lanes of travel, and will occur when ‘rolling road blocks’ are in place to slow traffic and ensure vehicles are the necessary distance away from the construction zone. These operations are necessary as MassDOT crews and contractors continue reconstructing the interchange and preparing the area for normal highway usage.

The rolling road blocks will be utilized to control traffic on I-90 eastbound and westbound, and there will be stoppages at all access points from I-95 to I-90 eastbound and westbound. In addition, when blasting activities are occurring, Park Road will be shut down just south of I-90 at Orchard Street and just north of I-90 at Route 30 (South Avenue). These traffic control measures will be managed by the Massachusetts State Police and the Town of Weston Police Department.

In order to avoid travel disruptions during the peak morning and evening travel times, blasting operations will occur between 10 a.m., and 2 p.m.

These operations are weather dependent and subject to change. Those traveling through these active construction zones should expect delays during these times, reduce speeds, and devote their full attention to what is on the road ahead of them.

Message boards and proper signage will be activated throughout these operations to notify travelers of the upcoming blast schedule. MassDOT encourages drivers to continue to plan ahead, follow posted speed limits and use technology tools such as travel apps to make informed decisions before leaving home.

Please visit the Toll Plaza Demolition Project website for more information about the project.  For information about E-ZPass and Pay-By-Plate electronic tolling, visit www.ezdrivema.com.

 

 

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