Tobin Bridge Repair Project to Bring Off-Peak Lane Closures Starting April 22

Editor’s Note: As April 20 MassDOT has updated the plans for this project to no longer include a permanent lane closure on the lower deck from April 22 – November. They will instead adjust the width of the travel lanes and implementing off-peak lane closures.

A three-year restoration project of the Tobin Bridge is scheduled to begin later this month consisting of repairs to both the upper and lower decks, repaving of ramps, and the creation of a new parking lot.

Beginning April 22 through the end of November, one lane of the lower deck (northbound) will be closed during off-peak hours to allow for extensive steel repairs, concrete deck replacement and paving. Repairs to the upper deck (southbound) will also be done mainly during off-peak hours, with one lane closed between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. This work will include steel repairs, roadway milling, bridge deck waterproofing and repaving.

Three ramps along the Chelsea approach spans will also be repaired in 2018:

The Everett Avenue on-ramp will be closed full-time for one month May – June.

The Beacon Street off-ramp will be closed for two months in the summer.

The 4th Street ramp will be closed for one month in the fall.Diagrams presented at Public Information Meeting in Chelsea on March 27, 2018.

In 2019 and 2020, work will continue with similar lane closures. The lower deck left lane is expected to be closed full-time April 1 – November 30, 2019 and the lower deck center lane is expected to be closed full-time April 1 – July 15, 2020. The upper deck will continue to have one lane closed during off-peak hours (11 p.m. – 5 a.m.). Curbing and paving of the new parking area under the bridge between Williams Street and 3rd Street is scheduled to take place in 2020.

See the full project fact sheet below. Sign up to receive updates on the Tobin Bridge repair project here. For questions or concerns related to construction, email the project’s public involvement specialist, Hannah Brockhaus at

3 Replies to “Tobin Bridge Repair Project to Bring Off-Peak Lane Closures Starting April 22

  1. Tobin and Charlestown bridges being restored during same time frame . M–m-m-m interesting and so well thought out!

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