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Route 2 I-95 Project LogoMassDOT next week will begin preparations to replace the Route 2 Bridges over I-95 in Lexington by implementing a traffic shift on Route 2 east and westbound.

The work to prepare for the shift requires lane closures from 8:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning, Sunday, August 24 through Thursday, August 28.

Preparations include installing jersey barriers and modifying lane striping. The traffic shift will move vehicles from the current lane configuration to a new layout that closes the high speed lane in each direction and utilizes the auxiliary lane as a travel lane. This configuration allows the contractor to begin demolition of the existing Route 2 bridges across I-95 in September. The shift maintains three travel lanes in each direction.  The work will partially demolish the Route 2 bridges, beginning with the high speed lane in each direction, to construct a new bridge span in the median.

Overnight single and double lane closures on I-95 between Exit 28 and Exit 30 will continue through Thursday, August 28 to install new drainage and mill the pavement on I-95 northbound to begin interstate improvements. The closures will be in effect from 8:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning. All lanes will reopen for travel by 5:00 AM each morning to accommodate rush hour traffic. Traffic will be maintained at all times on I-95 and Route 2 during this work.

Route 2 carries approximately 67,000 vehicles per day. The bridges, built in 1960, are structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, and the vertical clearance for I-95 under the bridges is substandard. The Route 2/I-95 Bridge Replacement Project will address the bridges’ current structural deficiencies, upgrade their capacity, meet current seismic criteria, improve safety, protect the environment and reduce annual maintenance costs.

The schedule for this major infrastructure project is subject to change without notice. MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays. Those traveling through the area should expect delays and should reduce speed and use caution.

For more information about the project, visit the website at www.mass.gov/massdot/rt2i95bridges.

 

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