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fore-river-bridge-august-30-2017MassDOT  has announced that crews are expected to open the new Fore River Bridge to two lanes of travel in each direction by the middle of September, weeks sooner than originally anticipated as part of the ongoing bridge replacement project.

In order to allow crews and contractors to achieve this milestone weeks ahead of schedule and continue the necessary construction operations, there will continue to be one lane of travel open in each direction until the middle of September. This bridge carries Route 3A traffic between Quincy and Weymouth.

“Thanks to the hard work of our crews and contractors, as well as the cooperation of the traveling public and local communities, the project team has made great progress and expects to be able to open the new bridge to a total of four lanes of traffic weeks earlier than previously scheduled,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “The work on the new bridge has gone well and the demolition of the temporary bridge has started and is on schedule.”

“We have not experienced significant increases in delays or congestion with the current configuration of one lane in each direction which is allowing our crews to continue to utilize this traffic pattern and work day and night to open the bridge to full capacity sooner than anticipated,” said Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We thank all those who have adjusted the time they travel or route or mode they use and we look forward to continuing our operations in ways that seek to minimize the impact on residents and commuters who travel throughout this area.”

On the evening of August 16, MassDOT reached a significant milestone when all vehicular traffic was shifted off the existing temporary Fore River Bridge and onto the new replacement bridge. This achievement marked the end of service for the temporary bridge and has allowed crews to continue demolition operations.

The Fore River Bridge Replacement Project is one of the Commonwealth’s projects in the $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program.

For more information on traffic conditions travelers are encouraged to:

  • Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

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