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Demolitions and Utility Relocations for the N. Washington St. Bridge Project

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has provided a construction look ahead of the North Washington Street Bridge project for January 20 through February 1, 2019.

The western sidewalk and Harborwalk underpass (both already closed to pedestrians and cyclists) will be demolished. Inbound traffic will be reduced to one lane to allow for a work zone. Utility relocation work at Keany Square will continue on weekdays and Saturdays by Eversource.

Read the full notice from MassDOT below and learn more about the project at mass.gov/north-washington-street-bridge-replacement.


Description: 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) andadjacent Harborwalk underpass using barge-mounted cranes and other equipment stationed in the water.

Work Hours: Daytime on weekdays (7 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Travel Impacts: From January 28 to February 1, during off-peak hours from 10am to 2pm, inbound traffic will be reduced to one lane on the bridge to create a work zone for sidewalk demolition.­


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

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

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.


Pedestrians & Cyclists: The bridge’s eastern sidewalk is open and available to all pedestrians and cyclists with crossings at both Keany and City Squares. Please be advised that the DCR-controlled 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, changes in lane markings, temporary controls such as barriers and traffic cones, signage, and other tools will be used throughout the project to control traffic and create safe work zones.

One Reply to “Demolitions and Utility Relocations for the N. Washington St. Bridge Project

  1. Is it me or have they been working on this bridge for the last 10 years? There has been a detour there every summer it feels like. I have no idea what is going on with this thing.

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