Chelsea Curves/Tobin Bridge Construction Look-Ahead

July 28 – August 10, 2019

•Fourth Street Off-ramp Temporary Closure
Continues

As of July 15, the Fourth Street Off-ramp is
closed for 2-3 months for steel repairs, structural rehabilitation, safety
improvements, and installation of permanent crash barriers on both sides of the
ramp.

•Traffic Impacts

*Route 1 Northbound: Approaching the
Tobin Bridge from Boston, the work zone begins in the right lane. Two of three
travel lanes will be open during daytime hours (5 a.m. – 10 p.m.) and at least
one 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 work zone begins in the right lane at
the Carter Street off-ramp. Just beyond the Carter Street on-ramp, the travel
lanes shift to the right. Two of three travel lanes will be open during daytime
hours (5 a.m. – 10 p.m.) and at least one travel lane will be open during
overnight hours (10 p.m. – 5 a.m.).

*Local Streets: The Spruce Street temporary
reconfiguration will remain in place until Fall 2019. A work zone is expected
to be implemented on Carter Street underneath the viaduct during the week of
August 5, which will maintain one lane in each direction. A separate advisory
will be sent with confirmed dates and further details. On Saturday 7/27, 7 a.m.
– 7 p.m., Spruce Street between Sixth Street and Everett Ave will be closed,
and traffic detoured one block to Arlington Street. More details on the project
website, Traffic and Construction Updates page.

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 July 28, crews

continued work on the bridge deck, cured concrete, repaired steel, bridge deck,
and joints, installed dust containment systems, power washed and excavated support
column footings, and placed concrete columns.

•Description of Scheduled Work

*Route 1 Northbound: Cure concrete
using water hoses, install deck panels, repair and paint gutters and deflector
plates, and repair steel, bridge deck, and joints. Clean water used to cure new
concrete may drip off the structure due to the condition of the existing
drainage system on the bridge. Additionally, bridge deck removal will continue
on the right side of the work zone through the Chelsea Curves.

*Route 1 Southbound: Paint new
deflector plates.

*Underneath the Structures: Replace and
paint steel; continue to install dust containment systems; power wash and paint
columns and support beams; excavate, drill, and grout around support columns;
erect steel; and place new concrete columns. On Carter Street, beginning the
week of August 5, excavation and removal of the median.

•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:

*Red
Sox (Fenway Park): August 1 at 7:10 p.m., August 5 at 7:10, August 6 at
7:10, August 7 at 7:10, August 8 at 7:10, August 8 at 7:10, August 10 at 4:05.

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