MassDOT will be working on I-93 through the City of Medford this weekend and traffic will be restricted to two-lanes in each direction. If you are heading into Boston for the Bruins Stanley Cup Parade, the Red Sox Game or the World Flower Show, be aware that traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the daytime and early evening hours on Saturday. Local roadways in the Medford/Somerville area are being used a detour routes for the I-93 bridge project and will also be very congested.
MassDOT strongly recommends drivers plan ahead, allow for extra time and use public transportation whenever possible to reduce additional congestion. MBTA will be providing additional service on Saturday.
Work crews will continue the series of rapid bridge superstructure replacements on I-93 in Medford beginning on Friday, June 17th at 8:00 PM and continuing through Monday, June 20th at 5:00 AM. This weekend’s location involves the bridge on I-93 north over Route 16 (Mystic Valley Parkway).
Throughout the course of the weekend, traffic on I-93 will be limited to two lanes in each direction over a 6-mile segment between Exit 28 (Sullivan Square) in Somerville and Exit 36 (Montvale Avenue) in Stoneham. Traffic on I-93 north will be directed through a median crossover near the Somerville/Medford line and then travel in counter-flow operation on the southbound barrel of the highway before traveling through a second median crossover near Spot Pond in Stoneham. I-93 directional traffic will be separated by a moveable “zipper lane” barrier. Access to and from many of the ramps on I-93 north in this area will be restricted.
For more information or to sign up to receive future updates and schedule information, visit the project’s website at www.mass.gov/massdot/93fast14.
Visitors to Boston are encouraged as always to use public transportation where possible. Free parking will again be available at the MBTA Anderson Station in Woburn on the Lowell Line beginning at 5pm Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Extra subway service on Red, Orange, Green, and Blue will be added to the normal Saturday schedule to carry heavier than normal ridership expected to be traveling to North Station for the parade. Commuter Rail service will operate on its normal Saturday schedule; however the MBTA is working with MBCR to offer some added service on Saturday, with more information available Friday. Added MBTA personnel will assist passengers at key Green Line locations such as North and Haymarket Stations. Extra MBTA Police will patrol the system throughout the day particularly during the parade to assist with crowd control and safety.
More details about added MBTA service are available after the jump and at www.mbta.com.
• For the subway system, the MBTA will operate at near “rush hour” levels all day long, providing more frequent service before, during, and after the parade.
• Customers are urged to load value on their CharlieCard in advance to avoid long lines after the parade.
• MBTA employees in orange vests will be deployed throughout the transit system to assist customers who may have questions.
• Be advised that North Station will be extremely busy. The MBTA recommends that fans think about using other stations in the downtown area such as Haymarket, Government Center, Park Street and Downtown Crossing.
A plan to supplement commuter rail service is underway and will be provided tomorrow.
• A special round trip commuter rail ticket will be available for $10.00 and can be purchased starting Friday morning at South, North and Back Bay Station. Additionally, tickets will be sold on board the train.
• Due to the parade route, a number of bus routes including the: 9, 10, 39, 43, 55, 92, 93, and 504 will be detoured as necessary.
• Green line shuttle replacement service between North Station and Lechmere will be detoured as necessary.
• Bus customers are urged to go to mbta.com before their trip to get the most up to date bus service information.
For schedule and route information, please visit www.mbta.com or call (617) 222-3200.
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