The North Washington Street Bridge replacement project is now underway. Preparation work and relocating of utilities is being done at Keany Square, and the western sidewalk over the bridge has been closed. The Lovejoy Wharf stairs near the Converse building as well as the HarborWalk underpass are also closed to pedestrians and cyclists. Most recently, inbound traffic was reduced to one lane last week to create a work zone for sidewalk demolition.
MassDOT participated in several community meetings leading up to the start of the project, including a North End meeting in November to discuss changes to the plans. The decision was made to build a temporary bridge to allow three lanes of traffic to persist throughout the project and reduce construction time by up to six months. Notably, the left lane from the bridge onto Commercial Street is now scheduled to remain mostly open during construction, something North End residents felt strongly about so that traffic is not rerouted through the neighborhood.
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