June 27, 2017: BU Bridge Work to Create Traffic Woes

2017 Construction Shutdown beginning on July 26, I-90 (Mass Pike) 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 Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is hosting two Pre-Construction Public Meetings for the Commonwealth Ave Bridge Replacement Project:

Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 PM
Boston University College of General Studies
Jacob Sleeper Auditorium (Lower Level, Room 129)
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

Thursday, July 13, 6:30 PM
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium
330 Homer Street, Newton, MA

The same presentation will be delivered at each meeting, so participants may choose the most convenient date or location.

MassDOT and project team staff will describe the Summer 2017 Construction Shutdown (July 26 – August 14) in more detail, review detour routes, and respond to questions. Download the meeting flyer for more information.

I-90 in Boston Reduced to Three Lanes in Each Direction, July 7 - August 28

To prepare for the upcoming 2017 Construction Shutdown beginning on July 26, I-90 (Mass Pike) 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 build a crane and place major equipment in the median of I-90.

As a reminder, I-90 will be impacted as follows for the 2017 Construction Shutdown:

I-90 will be reduced to 2 lanes in both directions during peak hours from 9:00 PM on July 28 to 5:00 AM on August 7 (additional lane closures during off-peak hours).

The I-90 Eastbound on-ramp from Cambridge Street/Soldiers Field Road will be closed from 9:00 PM on July 28 to 5:00 AM on August 7 and the I-90 Westbound Exit 20 off-ramp to Brighton/Cambridge will be closed intermittently during this timeframe.

For a full list of traffic impacts and detour routes, see the Traffic Management page of the project website.

Please see the project website: www.mass.gov/massdot/commavebridge
for more information, to view detour routes and maps,
and to sign up for email alerts.

Please share this advisory with anyone you think may be interested in the project, and encourage them to sign up for email alerts for traffic updates and meeting announcements.

For any questions or comments, please contact Jim Kersten, MassDOT Legislative Liaison, at 857-368-9041 or by email at CommAveBridge@dot.state.ma.us.

Sincerely,