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Eastbound Route 2 traffic uses the new bridge on Saturday, November 7.

Eastbound Route 2 traffic uses the new bridge on Saturday, November 7.

The Route 2/I-95 Bridge Replacement Project reached an exciting milestone this past weekend. At approximately 12 midnight on Friday, November 6, MassDOT shifted Route 2 eastbound traffic to the new bridge that was constructed in the median between the two existing spans over I-95.

The shift carried out in phases beginning Friday night and ending Sunday morning included a complex set of lane shifts and temporary exit closures. Once traffic was shifted to the new bridge, MassDOT closed the Exit 52B and 29A ramps to adjust the ramp geometry to align with the new roadway. The ramps were paved and striped on Saturday, November 7, and opened to traffic that night.

Beginning just east of Old County Road, two travel lanes now use the new roadway in the median to cross the new bridge span and rejoin the existing eastbound roadway adjacent to the I-95 North ramp to Route 2 East. While the new bridge is open to travel, MassDOT reminds drivers that it is an active construction zone. Please reduce your speed and use caution when traveling through the area.

Exit ramps were closed for reconstruction to align with the new roadway.

Exit ramps were closed for reconstruction to align with the new roadway.

Work on the new span began in March 2015 with construction of a concrete pier in the median and concrete abutments on either side of I-95. In August, steel beams were lifted, set into place, and secured. The concrete deck was poured in October.

MassDOT will begin demolishing the old eastbound bridge in mid-November and construct the new one in its place. Westbound travel lanes are unaffected by the current and upcoming work for this stage of the project.

This is a major step in replacing old infrastructure with new bridges that will provide safe and improved service for our customers for many decades to come.

Stay informed of further progress by signing up for email updates. You can see more photos on the Route 2/I-95 Bridge Replacement Project MassDOT Flickr album!

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