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Chelsea Street Bridge Notification Sign, June 2017MassDOT is reminding members of the public of its new advanced notification pilot program which is providing information on when the Chelsea Street Bridge, which carries traffic on Chelsea Street between East Boston and Chelsea, may be raised or lowered.

Travelers are encouraged to learn of potential bridge raisings by following @LoganToChelsea on Twitter, signing up for MBTA T-alerts for the SL3, 112 or 114 bus routes at www.mbta.com, and viewing the variable message boards located near the bridge displaying advanced notices to drivers in English and Spanish.

“MassDOT has been pleased to work closely with key stakeholders and members of the community to begin this pilot program which is providing another resource for people to use when planning trips throughout Chelsea and East Boston,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We encourage members of the public to sign up for T-alerts, follow the @LoganToChelsea Twitter account, and view the message boards located in the area of the Chelsea Street Bridge so that they will have more information on when the bridge may be open to vehicular traffic or raised for a marine vessel.”

Drivers should note that all notifications are subject to change depending on weather and other conditions at sea, and the U.S. Coast Guard requirement for the bridge to be opened on-demand for any vessel. MassDOT is not always provided with advanced notice of the need to raise the bridge, meaning these on-demand openings may not be reflected in the notification system.

MassDOT is continuing to work with key stakeholders to fine-tune the accuracy and reliability of the notification system, improve the predictably of bridge raisings, and minimize delays and congestion for bridge users. Members of the public are encouraged to provide feedback on the operation and use of the advance notification system by visiting tiny.cc/chelsealift.

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