Below is a Wednesday morning update from Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials on storm-related closures and issues that are affecting state roadways, and MBTA transit service.
MBTA: Track bed in Braintree repaired. Middleboro Line service resumes in the area.
The MBTA expects that Green Line “D” Branch service will remain closed all week between Newton Highlands and Reservoir stations because of the large washout underneath the tracks, now being repaired.
Cambridge - Rte 16 Arlington/Cambridge All Lanes Open – No restrictions Alewife T ramp
Shirley- Rte 2A closed- Local roads have extensive flooding. Detour diverting traffic onto Rte 2 WB at Ayer rotary, EB at Lancaster St.
Natick – Rte 135 between Mill and Speen St. – Closed due to flooding
Wayland – Roadway closed at Intersection Rte 20 at Rte 27 – Sudbury River Flooding – Likely to be impacted/closed for another day.
Holliston – Rte 16 water continues to over-top road at VMS position on Rte 16
Pepperell – Rte 119 both lanes closed
OPEN prior to am Commute – (Route 16 and Route 2 EB ramp. Improvingconditions- water receding
Topsfield – Route 1 closed @ Ipswich River between Route 97 &
(portion of roadway remains closed – water receding)
Andover/North Reading – Route 28 @ Ipswich River closed
(improving – waters receding)
Tewksbury – Route 38 @ Shawsheen (north of Wilmington T.L.)
(one lane open – alternating traffic)
Braintree – Route 37 at Hancock St closed due to flooding
Middleton – Route 114 closed @ Ipswich River
(improving – water receding)
Lawrence – Route 114 @ Shawsheen ( two way traffic is open –
(waters rising on road – monitoring)
Lincoln – 2WB is all open. 2EB just the BDL closed @ Lexington Road
Lowell – Princeton Blvd closed between Baldwin and Hadley Streets
Taunton – Flooding, on Rte 44 Westbound between, Rte 138 (Broadway/ Weir St/) and Rte 104 (S Main St) Rte 44 East and West closed, due to flooding, between Route 104 in Raynham and Longmeadow Road in Taunton.
Taunton River crested overnight and is beginning to recede.
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel
MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed posted on May 24
Effective immediately, hoverboards are prohibited on all MBTA property, including stations, buses, subways, trains, and commuter boats. MBTA subway and bus personnel, along with Keolis Commuter Rail staff have been informed that customers with hoverboards shall not be permitted to bring such devices into MBTA …Continue Reading MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed
MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement posted on May 24
Frank DePaola, P.E., who has served as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) since February 2015, announced to staff that he plans to retire after his current appointment expires on June 30. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack thanked DePaola in a letter …Continue Reading MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement