Construction Look-Ahead

This is a brief overview of construction
operations and traffic impacts for the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves
Rehabilitation Project. MassDOT will provide additional notices as needed for
high-impact work, temporary ramp and street closures, and changes to traffic
configurations beyond those described below.

•No Work on July 4

No work will take place on Thursday, July 4
for the Independence Day holiday.

•Traffic Impacts

*Route 1 Northbound: Approaching the
Tobin Bridge from Boston, the workzone begins in the righthand lane. 2 of 3
travel lanes will be open during daytime hours (5 a.m. –10 p.m.) and at least 1
travel lane will be open during overnight hours (10 p.m.–5 a.m.).

*Route 1 Southbound: Approaching the
Chelsea Curves from the North Shore, the workzone begins in the right-hand lane
at the Carter Street off-ramp. Just beyond the Carter Street on-ramp, the
travel lanes shift to the right. 2 of 3 travel lanes will be open during
daytime hours (5 a.m. –10 p.m.) and at least 1 travel lane will be open during
overnight hours (10 p.m.–5 a.m.).

*Ramps: All on- and off-ramps will
remain open at this time.

*Local Streets: The Spruce Street
temporary reconfiguration will remain in place for approximately 2 months.

•Preview of Upcoming Traffic Impacts

*Beginning on Monday, July 15, the Fourth
Street off-ramp will close for 1-2 months for required steel repairs,
structural rehabilitation, and safety improvements.

•Work Hours

*Most work will occur in during daytime
working hours (6 a.m.–2 p.m.) on weekdays. Some work will take place during
afternoon (2 p.m.–7 p.m) and overnight hours (9 p.m.–5 a.m.) and on Saturdays
(6 a.m.–2 p.m).

Summary of Work Completed

*In the two weeks prior to June 30, crews

shifted traffic to create continuous work zones, formed bridge deck, cured
concrete, repaired steel, bridge deck, and joints, installed a dust containment
system, power washed and excavated around support column footings, and placed
concrete columns.

Description of Scheduled Work

*Route 1 Northbound: Form bridge deck,
place and cure concrete, and repair steel, bridge deck, and joints. Clean water
from a hydrant will be used to cure the concrete and may drip off the structure
due the condition of the existing drainage system on the bridge. Crews will
also remove asphalt and begin bridge deck demolition in the right-hand side
workzone through the Chelsea Curves.

*Route 1 Southbound: Weld and paint new
deflector plates.

*Underneath the Structures: Replace and
paint steel, continued installation of dust containment system, power wash and
paint columns and support beams, excavate, drill, and grout around the support
columns, and place concrete columns.

•Travel Tips

Drivers should take care to pay attention to
all signage 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.

The contractors are coordinating with local
event organizers and police to provide awareness and manage traffic impacts
during events. For your awareness, during this look-ahead period, the following
events are scheduled:

*Boston Pops July 4th Fireworks
Spectacular (Charles River Esplanade): July 3 at 8:30 p.m., July 4 all day

*Red
Sox (Fenway Park): June 30 at 10:10 a.m., July 12 at 7:10 p.m., July 13 at
7:15 p.m.

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