Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project Will Impact Drivers, T Users, Amtrak and More

The replacement of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge will cause delays and detours for drivers, MBTA users, and others during construction. The construction will impact the Mass Pike, Commonwealth Avenue, the BU Bridge, Hubway, the MBTA Green Line and buses, the Commuter Rail and Amtrak. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) sent out the following information:

This is a reminder that the 2017 Construction Shutdown for the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project (http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/HighlightedProjects/CommonwealthAvenueBridgeReplacement.aspx) is beginning at 9:00 PM on Wednesday, July 26, and will continue through 5:00 AM on Monday, August 14. Please note the construction-related impacts below:

For Drivers:

•      I-90 (Mass Pike) Users:
From 9:00 PM on July 28 to 5:00 AM on August 7:

•      I-90 between the Allston Interchange and the Beacon Street Overpass in Boston will be reduced to two lanes in both directions during peak hours (additional lane closures during off-peak hours, see below). •      The I-90 Eastbound on-ramp from Cambridge Street/Soldiers Field Road will be closed.

Road Work on MassPike Starts Soon, Impacts Travel Through Late August

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) sent out a reminder to travelers that due to the upcoming Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project, I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike) will be reduced from four lanes to three lanes in each direction in Boston between the Allston Interchange and the Beacon Street Overpass beginning on the evening of Friday, July 7. 

After July 7 and until August 28, lane reductions will be necessary and MassDOT will strive to make lane shift decisions in the best way possible to lessen the impact on drivers using the highway. The reduction to three lanes in each direction on July 7 is necessary in order to allow for logistical setups for the replacement of the Commonwealth Bridge over I-90. Crews on July 7 will begin to use the non-travel lanes areas to safely build a crane and place major equipment in the median of I-90. “Travelers are advised that I-90 in Boston will be reduced to three lanes in each direction for 24/7 beginning on Friday, July 7 so our crews can begin putting in place the necessary equipment and logistics for the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project,” said Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We appreciate the cooperation and patience of the traveling public and we encourage people to consider alternative modes of transportation.

MassDOT Holding Series of Meetings on Toll Plaza Removal, Electronic Tolling

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced four public meetings to update the public on the status of the implementation of All Electronic Tolling and the progress of demolishing existing toll plaza infrastructure and reconstructing the roadway. Representatives of MassDOT will discuss the construction progress in 23 work zones, timeline for completion, what to expect as the project moves into the spring and summer months and other issues. These public meetings will be to receive feedback from users of I-90, (the Massachusetts Turnpike), and neighboring communities and to provide interchange specific information about what the traveling public can expect during 2017. All meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and are scheduled as follows:

• Wednesday, January 11 – Westborough Town Hall, 34 West Main Street
Plaza Focus: Sturbridge / I-84, Worcester/Auburn/I-290, Worcester/Rt. 146, Worcester/Millbury, Westborough/I-495, Framingham, Natick/Rt.

MassDOT Holding Meetings on Implementing Electronic Tolling on Mass Pike

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will begin the demolition of all existing toll plazas on Oct. 28, 2016 as part of the implementation of All Electronic Tolling (AET) along the Massachusetts Turnpike. MassDOT is holding four public meetings to provide information about what to expect as the toll booths are eliminated. Within the project overview, MassDOT will discuss: demolition process, timeline, hours of construction operations, traffic and noise impacts, material disposition and other project related issues. These meetings will ensure that users of the Massachusetts Turnpike and neighboring communities are fully informed about the construction process to minimize any public inconvenience.

Ted Williams Tunnel to be Closed at Night This Week

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that the Ted Williams Tunnel westbound will close overnight beginning at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28, for required maintenance work. Starting at on Sunday, Aug. 28, and ending Wednesday, Aug. 31, the westbound tunnel will close each night at 11:59 p.m., and reopen no later than 5 a.m. The Ted Williams Tunnel is the section of the Mass Pike connecting Boston with South Boston, and Logan Airport.

MassDOT to Hold Several Public Hearings on New Tolls, Electronic Tolling

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced it would hold seven public hearings regarding the proposed new gantry prices for All Electronic Tolling during the month of September, including in Newton and Allston. The hearings will begin Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Worcester and will continue in other communities until the final hearing on Thursday, Sept. 15. All of the hearings will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Sept.

MassDOT Moving Toward Electric Tolling, Demolishing Toll Booths

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board acted Monday to move ahead with plans to completely demolish Interstate 90 toll plazas by the end of 2017 as a milestone in the state’s progress toward All Electronic Tolling (AET) along Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), the Tobin Bridge, and Boston tunnels, the DOT announced. At today’s Board meeting, MassDOT announced that AET will “go live” on October 28. The Board approved toll demolition contracts, reviewed data security and retention proposals and instructed MassDOT to proceed with public hearings on proposed toll rates designed to be revenue neutral and minimize changes in toll charges for current commuters. “The AET system will improve driver convenience and safety and reduce greenhouse gas-causing vehicle emissions,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “When toll booths have been removed, AET will allow drivers to maintain regular highway speed as they pass under AET gantries, eliminating the need for drivers to sharply reduce speed and idle in toll booth lines.”

The Board-approved contracts provide that tolls booths will begin to be demolished as soon as AET goes live and all work to remove toll plazas and reconstruct roadways is to be completed by the end of 2017.

Watertown Man Killed When Hit by Car on Mass Pike

A Watertown man was struck and killed by a car after he was in a separate accident on the Mass. Turnpike. 

Arkloo Wong, 81, of Watertown was involved in a collision with another driver near the Allston-Brighton Tolls on the westbound side of the Pike late Friday night. He exited his car to speak with the other driver and a car driven by a 30-year-old Brighton man hit Wong. Wong was pronounced dead at the scene and Coury was taken to hospital for treatment. No charges have been filed but the accident remains under investigation.