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Worcester Belmont Street BridgeMassDOT has scheduled a public meeting for the Worcester I-290 Belmont Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project as follows:

Thursday, November 12th, 6:30-8:30 PM, UMass Memorial Hospital Campus- Knowles Room, 119 Belmont Street

The meeting will provide the public with information about the upcoming construction phase and associated traffic shift on the Belmont Street Bridge. This structure carries Route 9, locally known as Belmont Street, over Interstate 290. A presentation will be re-introduce the Phase 1 construction period overview and provide details on the upcoming traffic shift.

Belmont Street New Bridge Design

Beginning at 9 AM on Monday, November 16th, the phase one traffic shift associated with the rehabilitation of the Belmont Street Bridge in Worcester will be activated. The phase one traffic shift will include the following:

• Traffic on the Belmont Street Bridge will be shifted to the bridge’s northern side with two lanes eastbound (towards Shrewsbury) and one lane westbound (towards Lincoln Square).
• The bridge’s southern side will be turned over to construction activities.
• All existing traffic movements will be available from the I-290 off-ramp to Belmont Street.
• Westbound (towards Lincoln Square) left-turns onto I-290 will not be available and a signed detour will be in place. This is a project requirement for the safety of the traveling public and temporary traffic control.

For those wishing to access I-290 westbound from points east (towards Lake Quinsigamond) of Shrewsbury Street, begin on Belmont Street:
• Turn left onto Shrewsbury Street
• Take the first exit at the traffic circle to head north on Summer Street
• Signage will direct motorists to the I-290 on-ramp on the right

For those seeking to access I-290 westbound from points between Shrewsbury Street and I-290 such as the UMass Memorial Hospital Campus, begin on Belmont Street:
• Turn left to head south on Major Taylor Boulevard
• Turn left to head east on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
• Turn right to head south on Summer Street
• Signage will direct motorists to the I-290 on-ramp on the left

A temporary pedestrian bridge over I-290 provides pedestrians with a safe pathway around the construction site. Police details will be present to assist crossing pedestrians.

The I-290/Belmont Street Bridge Project will include the full replacement of the bridge’s road deck, steel superstructure and center pier to ensure the structure can continue to safely and efficiently carry traffic. The completed bridge will be wider than the existing structure allowing for the incorporation of a left-turn lane for vehicles entering I-290 westbound from Belmont Street westbound, improving traffic flow and reducing delays to through traffic caused by turning vehicles

For more information, please visit the I-290 Belmont Street Bridge project website.

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