The transportation reform bill signed by Governor Deval Patrick transfers ownership and governance of the the Maurice J. Tobin Memorial Bridge to the new Massachusetts Department of Transportation on January 1, 2010.
The landmark bridge opened to traffic in 1950, connecting the Charlestown section of Boston with Chelsea. The bridge provides three travel lanes northbound on its lower level and three lanes southbound on the upper level. Tolls are collected from southbound cars only.
The bridge is approximately 2 1/4 miles long, including north and south approaches. The main structure over the Mystic River is a three-span, cantilevered truss 1,525' in length. The approaches comprise 36 spans on the north and 32 spans on the south. A maintenance garage, located in Chelsea, houses all maintenance, operating, and mechanical equipment for upkeep of the bridge.
The daily, round-the-clock operation of the Tobin Bridge involves more than 50 dedicated employees such as the electricians performing bridge maintenance in the photo at left. The Tobin Bridge 24-hour Hot Line is (617) 241-2010.
Learn more about Governor Patrick's signing of the transportation reform legislation.
Boston: I-90 Construction Update posted on Aug 26
MassDOT contractors in August and September continue the preparation work to improve the median and Commonwealth Avenue Bridge substructure on Interstate 90 in Boston. The left lanes in both Eastbound and Westbound directions on I-90 from west of the Prudential tunnel to the Commonwealth Avenue …Continue Reading Boston: I-90 Construction Update
Braintree-Weymouth Route 3 Resurfacing Begins September 2 posted on Aug 25
MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey in Braintree today announced that the Route 3 Resurfacing Project in Weymouth and Braintree will begin Tuesday night, September 2. Paving work will occur from Exit 16/Route 18 in Weymouth to the Route 3 connection with I-93 North and South …Continue Reading Braintree-Weymouth Route 3 Resurfacing Begins September 2
MBTA Student Training Promotes Safety Awareness posted on Aug 25
The MBTA emphasis on public outreach and safety is in good hands with the MBTA Operations Training Department and MBTA Transit Police as Subway Instructor Tony Whitley, left, presented on Thursday, August 21 to 180 students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at Boston’s UP …Continue Reading MBTA Student Training Promotes Safety Awareness