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Longfellow Bridge Aerial, May 2016MassDOT’s contractor will close the Longfellow Bridge to all vehicular traffic overnight from Monday, July 18, through Friday, July 22. The bridge will be closed from 11:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning.

The closures are necessary to perform utility work through manholes in the downstream roadway and to dismantle the temporary outbound shoo-fly track for the MBTA Red Line. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic and the MBTA Red Line will be maintained across the bridge at all times. Bicyclists will continue to use the sidewalk on the upstream side of the bridge and pedestrians will continue to use the sidewalk on the downstream side during this timeframe. Boston-bound vehicles should use the inbound detour routes described below.

Inbound Detour Routes: Boston-bound vehicles will use one of two inbound detour routes to reach Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28) and Leverett Circle. Height restrictions are in place for Memorial Drive, so all buses and trucks must use the 3rd Street to Binney Street detour described below.

  • From Main Street, turn right onto Memorial Drive westbound, and make a U-turn at Ames Street to access Memorial Drive eastbound. Follow Memorial Drive eastbound to Land Boulevard and turn right onto Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28) to reach Leverett Circle.
  • From Broadway, turn left onto 3rd Street, turn right on Binney Street, turn left onto Land Boulevard, and then turn right onto Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28) to reach Leverett Circle.

The Cambridge-bound detour remains in place using the existing signed route from Charles Circle following Charles Street to Leverett Circle, Monsignor O’Brien Highway (Route 28)/Charles River Dam Road, and Land Boulevard.

In addition, please note the following lane closures:

  • Memorial Drive east and westbound, single lane – Monday, July 18, through Friday, July 22 – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Storrow Drive east and westbound, single lane – Monday, July 18, through Friday, July 22 – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The lanes closed and time of closure will vary depending on the activity taking place. The closures are necessary to allow for deliveries and to protect public safety when construction activities are taking place on the bridge above the roadway.

For more information, visit the project website traffic page. For questions or to report issues related to construction, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email longfellowbridge@state.ma.us.

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