News from MassDOT about upcoming utility work and community impact in regards to the North Washington Street Bridge Project.
MassDOT is reminding the public that work-related activities, including utility operations, are beginning this month on the N. Washington Street bridge connecting the North End and Charlestown. This utility work will involve overnight off-peak lane closures.
MassDOT, the City of Boston and the contractor are exploring ways to reduce the overall impact of the construction process. As options are developed and analyzed, MassDOT will host a series of public meetings to discuss construction plans. Details of these public meetings will be provided as they are finalized.
We are committed to ensuring that construction work on the North Washington Street Bridge is carried out in ways that accommodate residents and commuters throughout this local neighborhood. This bridge is an important connection in the heart of Boston and we appreciate the support and input we have received from local leaders and key stakeholders throughout the design and planning process.” – Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver
Major construction will begin in Spring 2019. At that time, it is expected that motorists will have access to two travel lanes in the inbound direction toward the North End, and one outbound lane toward Charlestown, and pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained. This excludes periods when there will be one lane in each direction, to allow the crews to demolish a portion of the main truss span and replace it with a temporary span.
Construction is expected to be completed in 2023, and the full scope of work includes replacing the existing structurally deficient bridge, providing multi-modal amenities including widened sidewalks, separated bicycle lanes, and bus rapid transit lanes, increasing intersection safety and capability, and improving the navigation channel.
For more information, please visit the MassDOT project website.