The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announces lane reductions will start on Friday evening, June 2, on the Fore River Bridge which carries Route 3A traffic between Weymouth and Quincy in order to allow construction operations to progress forward so that there will be two lanes of traffic flowing in each direction over the bridge on Oct. 1, 2017.
From June 2 until Sept. 1, there will be one lane of travel in each direction for vehicles using the bridge and from Sept. 1 until Oct. 1, three lanes of travel will be maintained but the number of lanes of travel per each direction will vary.
“We appreciate the patience of the traveling public as we reduce lanes in order to do construction work safely and efficiently,” said Highway District 6 Construction Engineer John McInerney. “All work is being done as much as possible to lessen the impact on drivers who use the bridge and all efforts are being made to inform municipal leaders, elected officials and the general public about what to expect in the months ahead.
Beginning in the late evening hours on Friday, June 2, MassDOT crews and contractors will put in place logistics for one lane of travel in each direction, and this traffic pattern will remain in place 24 hours a day until September. This lane reduction is necessary in order to allow crews to safely and effectively conduct operations to remove half of the existing temporary bridge from service to allow for the completion of the new approach spans.
On Sept. 1, crews and contractors will then shift the travel lanes onto the northern side of the new bridge in order to remove the remaining section of the temporary bridge, and construct the rest of the new bridge in its place. During this phase of the project, three lanes of travel will be provided with the number of lanes in each direction alternating in order to accommodate peak hour volumes.
On Oct. 1, there will be two lanes of travel in each direction on the new Fore River Bridge as crews continue construction operations and work towards achieving full beneficial use of the bridge by the spring of 2018.
Note the following dates for this project:
• Between June 2, and Aug. 31: there will be one lane of traffic in each direction on the Fore River Bridge at all times in order to allow for work on this $244 million dollar project to continue.
• Between Sept. 1, and Sept. 30: there will be three total lanes of travel on the Fore River Bridge. During the morning peak commute, there will be two lanes in the northbound direction and one lane in the southbound direction in order to accommodate travelers heading into Boston. The lane arrangement will then be shifted during the evening commute to allow for two lanes in the southbound direction and one lane heading northbound.
• After Oct. 1: there will be two lanes of traffic in each direction on the Fore River Bridge.
Through its public involvement process, MassDOT has identified a likely alternate route to circumvent the bridge that includes traveling between Quincy and Weymouth via the Southern Artery, Quincy Avenue, Commercial Street, and North Street. MassDOT has therefore taken several steps to optimize traffic flow at intersections along this route to help accommodate additional vehicles.
Drivers should be mindful of potential traffic impacts and should devote their full attention to driving through this active construction zone as MassDOT works to replace the bridge on Rt. 3A.
MassDOT will hold the following public meetings in order to provide more information regarding these operations and upcoming traffic impacts:
Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Fore River Club House
16 Nevada Road, Quincy
Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Abigail Adams Middle School
89 Middle Street, East Weymouth
The Fore River Bridge Replacement is one of the Commonwealth’s projects in the $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program, a program with the goal of restoring, repairing or replacing structurally deficient bridges in Massachusetts. The Fore River Bridge project includes the installation of a new bridge, which occurred last year, and the eventual removal of the existing temporary span.
For more information on traffic conditions travelers are also encouraged to:
- Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
- Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
- Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions
- Download MassDOT?s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.
All scheduled work is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.