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Tobin Bridge AerialMassDOT reminds motorists that work on the Tobin Bridge is set to resume as scheduled next week.

The three-year steel preservation and painting project began in spring 2012.

Beginning next week, the contractor will begin to deploy a combination of both day and night time lane closures to install platforms along the bridge. 

The lane closures will affect both the northbound/lower deck, and the southbound/upper deck of the bridge. 

Permanent lane restrictions will begin the week of April 8.  Lane restrictions will reduce the roadway from three lanes to two on both decks of the bridge. 

Motorists should expect this setup to remain in place until November 2013. The third and final year of work will begin in the spring of 2014.

A public meeting to update the project has been scheduled:

Monday, April 8, 6 p.m., Chelsea City Hall, 500 Broadway.

We invite you to stay informed by visiting the Tobin Project website.

The current work schedule, week-by-week, subject to change due to the weather, is available after the break.



Week of March 25 & April 1

The contractor will install platforms, rigging and touch-up work from last season. Lane closures will take effect on both the northbound/lower deck and southbound/upper deck of the bridge.

Week of April 8

The contractor will begin to set up barrels to get motorists accustomed to the lane restrictions that will reduce the roadway from three lanes to two on both decks of the bridge. The restriction will allow the contractor to complete the installation of rigging and shielding.

Week of April 15

The contractor will begin installing barriers along both sides of the bridge and install side shielding around the two travel lanes to provide additional safety for the public. Work to install the shielding will continue. Shielding will be installed throughout the length of the project to limit any possible inconvenience to the public. The contractor will begin setting up a fully encapsulating containment system inside the existing shielding providing redundancy to ensure none of the removed paint escapes

Week of April 22

Once the containment has been fully installed, tested and approved, the contractor may begin sandblasting off the existing paint, repairing necessary steel bridge appurtenances, and painting.

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