Local elected officials are objecting to plans that will block left turns from Charlestown to the North End’s Commercial Street during construction of a replacement North Washington Street Bridge. Instead, North End traffic is expected to be redirected down Thacher Street, Hanover Street and Atlantic Ave. and to loop back around. This traffic change is expected to bring increased traffic to the interior North End.
State Representatives Aaron Michlewitz, Daniel Ryan along with State Senators Joseph Boncore and Sal DiDomenico were joined by Boston’s District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards in a joint letter to the Mass. Dept. of Transportation (MassDot).
“… not allowing this turn WILL result in congestion and backups that will have ripple effects throughout the ENTIRE North End, rather than at one entrance/exit to the neighborhood. This will not only be a detour for residents of the North end, but it will also affect the delivery trucks that service the many restaurants of the neighborhood daily and school buses that are dropping off and picking up Charlestown children to and from the Eliot School.”
Also posting on Facebook, Rep. Michlewitz said, “this new plan to shut off the left turn to Commercial St. is unacceptable, period.”
Work begins this summer on the North Washington Street Bridge Replacement Project and continues in six major stages through late 2022. See all the construction plans and renderings here.