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Flood Washout Newton Green Line 15MAR10 Below is a 1:30PM update from Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials on storm-related closures and issues that are affecting state roadways, and MBTA transit service. This will be the last storm update and comprehensive overview MassDOT sends out.

In general, MassDOT expects conditions to improve significantly on roadways during the evening commute as water recedes in certain areas but commuters should still expect some localized delays as storm-related flooding and closures are expected to continue throughout portions of the state.  The MBTA expects that Green Line “D” Branch service will remain closed all week between Newton Highlands and Reservoir stations because of a large washout underneath the tracks.

MassDOT is alerting drivers that the rainwater has re-opened many potholes that were recently filled in, creating potential driving hazards. MassDOT crews are out filling potholes today on I-93 and Route 128. In the meantime, motorists are urged to drive with caution.

HIGHWAY/ROADWAY CLOSURES DUE TO FLOODING:

o    Arlington/Cambridge:  Conditions are improving and water is receding in the Route 2/Alewife area where significant flooding impacted travel.  However, Route 16 (between Mass Ave & Route 2) and the Exit Ramp to Alewife T station off Route 2 Eastbound remain closed. Please note Alewife Station and Alewife parking garage remain open despite flooding.

o    Topsfield: Conditions are improving and water is receding at Route 1 but the roadway remains closed at this hour.

o    Wellesley/Natick: Route 9 has been completely reopened.

o    Natick: Rte 135 between Mill and Speen St. is closed because of flooding.

o    Wayland: Roadway closed at Intersection Rte 20 at Rte 27 because of Sudbury River flooding. Likely to be impacted/closed for several days.

o    Boxborough/Acton: Rte 111 is impacted by flooding but roadway remains open.

o    East Bridgewater: Rte 18 near the intersection of Rte 106 is closed because of flooding.

o    Billerica: Route 3A @ Shawsheen River (north of Cook St.) closed.  However, conditions are improving and MassDOT expects to be able to open one lane Northbound for the evening commute.

o    Wilmington: Route 38 SB south of Route 62 (1st travel lane closed). Condition improving.

o    Milton: Route 93 SB on/off ramp at Bryant Ave. closed.

o    Woburn: All lanes now open on Salem St. at the Aberjona River.

o    Andover/North Reading: Route 28 @ Ipswich River closed. Conditions improving.

o    Tewksbury: Route 38 @ Shawsheen. One lane open, with alternating traffic.

o    Middleton: Rte 114 near River Rd closed but conditions improving.

o    Braintree: Rte 37 at Hancock St closed because of flooding.

o    Lincoln: Route 2 at Lexington Road. Right travel lane closed in both direction (Eastbound and Westbound).

o    Shirley: Rte. 2A closed with detour to Route 2 WB at Ayer Rotary, EB at Lancaster St.

o    Pepperell: Route 119 – both lanes closed.
 
o    Taunton: Route 44 East and West closed, due to flooding, between Route 104 in Raynham and Longmeadow Road in Taunton.

o    The following DCR parkways are still experiencing storm-related closures: Alewife Brook Parkway between Route 2 and Massachusetts Avenue on the Cambridge/Arlington line is closed. Morton Street westbound in Dorchester between Harvard Street and the rotary at Casey Overpass (near the Forest Hills T stop) is closed. One eastbound lane on Morton Street is open.

o    For updated information on DCR parkways visit: www.mass.gov/dcr.
 
MBTA GREEN LINE “D” BRANCH WASHOUT

o    As a result of the storm, a section of track bed washed out Monday on the Green Line “D” Branch between Newton Center and Chestnut Hill stations.

o    The washout is approximately 12 feet deep, 50 feet long and spans the width of the trackbed.  It grew throughout the day and last night due to the water flowing underneath the tracks.

o    As of this morning, MBTA is now busing between Newton Highlands and Reservoir now on the D Line. Train service is available between Riverside and Newton Highlands. MBTA was previously busing between Reservoir and Riverside but MBTA crews worked yesterday and through the night to shorten it in time for the morning commute.

o    The MBTA does not expect to be able to restore Green Line D service this week on the washed out section of the track between Newton Highland and Reservoir.  MBTA crews have been closely monitoring the situation since Monday but until they are able to fully assess the situation and access the site MassDOT will not have any more detail regarding timeline.

Transportation news and updates are being posted on MassDOT’s twitter feed and MBTA updates are posted on www.mbta.com.

Photos of the storm are posted on MassDOT’s flickr page.

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