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weymouth-route-18-map-july-2017The MassDOT Board of Directors today voted to approve the awarding of a $57 million contract for work to widen a section of Route 18 in Weymouth and Abington, replace a bridge over railroad tracks, add accommodations for walkers and cyclists and improve intersection signalizations.

“We have appreciated the feedback from the public and civic leaders in designing and planning the project to rebuild this important roadway,” said Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We know this location has a high traffic volume and are pleased to collaborate with the local communities to add features for walkers and cyclists as we widen the road, replace a bridge and make other infrastructure improvements.”

The full scope of work will include reconstructing and widening the Route 18 roadway to carry two lanes of traffic in each direction, replacing the bridge carrying Route 18 over the MBTA Commuter Rail, and reconstructing four existing intersections. Additionally, crews and contractors will install improved safety features and traffic signals at several intersections, and construct bicycle lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the roadway.

Throughout the duration of the project, one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on Route 18 except for three off-peak weekend periods to accommodate accelerated construction of the bridge carrying Route 18 over the MBTA’s Kingston/Plymouth Commuter Rail line. During these three weekend construction periods, traffic on Route 18 will be detoured onto Pond Street and busses will replace trains on the Kingston/Plymouth Commuter Rail line.

In addition to using accelerated construction techniques, MassDOT is also incorporating incentive/disincentives into this contract in order to ensure timely completion of project milestones. These measures are intended to help minimize the impact on the traveling public and local communities during work operations.

Work-related activities are expected to begin on this project this fall and the project is expected to be completed by spring 2022.

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