Construction Update: Chelsea Curves Construction Look-Ahead Through December 26

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. 

Route 1 Traffic Impacts

Route 1 Northbound: Approaching the Tobin Bridge from Boston, the work zone begins in the right lane. 2 of 3 travel lanes will be open during daytime hours (5 a.m.–10 p.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 and continues through to the Tobin. 2 of 3 travel lanes will be open during daytime hours (5 a.m.–10 p.m.). 

•From Monday, 12/14 to Friday, 12/18, there will be nightly weekday closures of Route 1 Southbound Monday through Friday each week from 9 p.m. – 5 a.m. 

•The detour for those closures will be that southbound traffic will exit Route 1 at Carter Street, travel on Carter Street to Everett Avenue, turn left onto Everett Avenue, and turn right onto the Everett Avenue on-ramp to rejoin the highway. 

•From Monday, 12/28 through Wednesday, 12/30 and then from Monday, 1/4 through Friday, 1/8, Route 1 Northbound will be reduced to a single lane to set prefabricated bridge units (PBU’s) during the nighttime (9 p.m. – 5 a.m.). 

•During the week of 12/21, there will be no night shift.  There will be no work on the night of Thursday, 12/31 – New Year’s Eve.   

Local Street Closures

•Carter Street: On Thursday, 12/17 Carter Street will be temporarily closed during the daytime (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.).   

Work Hours

•Most work will occur during daytime working hours (7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) on weekdays. Some work will take place on a 2nd shift (2 p.m. – 1 a.m.)  and overnight hours (9 p.m. – 5 a.m.) and on Saturdays (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.).   

Description of Scheduled Work

Route 1 Northbound: Removal of existing bridge deck and installation of new bridge deck will continue through the Chelsea Curves. 

Route 1 Southbound: Removal of existing bridge deck and installation of new bridge deck will continue through the Chelsea Curves. 

Completed Work

•As of 12/13, crews have installed the lights in the parking lots below the Tobin Bridge.  

Travel Tips

Drivers should take care to pay attention to all signage and move carefully through the work zone. Police detail, lane markings, temporary barriers, traffic cones, signage, and other tools will be used to control traffic and create safe work zones.

The contractors are coordinating with local event organizers and police to provide awareness and manage traffic during events. For your awareness, there will be no events at the TD Garden during this look ahead schedule.

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