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north-washington-street-bridge-sidewalk-closure-november-2018The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced that beginning the morning of Wednesday, November 14, 2018, the western sidewalk (Charles River side) on the North Washington Street Bridge will be closed to all pedestrians. Those seeking to use a sidewalk to travel across the bridge will be detoured to the eastern sidewalk (Boston Harbor side).

Once the western sidewalk is closed, it will become a work zone and will no longer be accessible by the public. Immediately following the closure, crews will secure the area with temporary concrete barrier and fencing in preparation for demolition activities. After the closure is implemented, signage will be placed to help guide pedestrians to the open sidewalk.

The closure will begin immediately to the north (towards Charlestown) of the stairs leading to Lovejoy Wharf. The stairs and elevator to the wharf as well as the doorway to 160 North Washington Street including the Converse Store will remain open. The Harbor Walk below the North Washington Street Bridge, which will be rebuilt as part of this project, will also remain open at this time.

Closure and demolition of the western sidewalk is a project requirement to begin installation of temporary supports for the 115-kilovolt electrical line which crosses the Bridge.

Demolition of the North Washington Street Bridge’s western fender system will also begin following November 14. Bridge users can expect to see barge mounted cranes and other equipment stationed in the water on the bridge’s western side.

For more information, please visit the project website.

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