North Washington Street Bridge Traffic and Construction Update

MassDOT has produced another brief overview of construction operations and impacts related to the North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project.

Several neighborhood meetings have been held on the major project, which will have an impact on the North End, Waterfront, Charlestown and the North Station areas.

The contractor is coordinating with TD Garden and Boston Police to provide awareness and manage traffic impacts during events, according to MassDOT.

Removal of median on the south side of the center lane, continued protection of electrical lines and utilities, and demolition of the western sidewalk (Charles River side) and adjacent Harborwalk underpass using barge-mounted cranes and other equipment stationed in the water.

Utility relocation and upgrades on the southern end of the bridge at Keany Square will continue weekdays and on Saturdays by Eversource.

Travel Impacts: At Keany Square, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, traffic will be diverted around Eversource work zones. All turn movements will be maintained, with two inbound lanes available during the morning peak. During any outbound work requiring closure of the slip lane, traffic turning right onto the bridge from Commercial Street will use the intersection.

Work Hours: Daytime on weekdays 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Pedestrians and Cyclists: The bridge’s eastern sidewalk is open and available to all pedestrians and cyclists with crossings at both Keany and City squares. Be advised that the DCR-controls the Charlestown locks can provide another alternate route, but may close without warning and beyond control of this project. All users should take care to pay attention to all signage and police details and move carefully through the work zone. Police details, or changes in the lane markings, temporary controls such as barrier and traffic cones, signage, and other tools will be used throughout the project to control traffic and create safe work zones.

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