The Maurice J. Tobin Memorial Bridge officially joins the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MassDOT, at midnight on January 1, as required by the historic transportation reform legislation signed by Governor Patrick.
The Massachusetts Port Authority Board in November voted to transfer ownership of the Tobin Bridge to MassDOT.
Bridge Director Mary Jane O'Meara and staff worked closely with the MassDOT Highway Division during the second half of 2009 to integrate the Tobin Bridge into the state highway system.
Service will not be interrupted for those residents and visitors who travel over the Tobin paying cash tolls or using FAST LANE or E-ZPASS transponders. Customers will continue to be able to view Tobin and I-90 MassPike FAST LANE toll charges conveniently online at www.mass.gov/fastlane.
On November 1, 2009, four camera feeds from the Tobin Bridge were added to the MassDOT Traffic Camera website at www.mass.gov/511/cameras where commuters and visitors can view real-time traffic feeds from Highway Division cameras on key routes throughout Massachusetts.
The landmark bridge more than 2 miles in length including approaches opened to traffic in 1950, connecting the Charlestown section of Boston with Chelsea. The bridge over the Mystic River provides three travel lanes northbound on its lower level and three lanes southbound on the upper level, with tolls collected from southbound cars. Learn more about MassDOT and transportation reform here.