This Saturday July 20, MassDOT begins the three-year plus reconstruction of the iconic Longfellow Bridge, connecting Kendall Square with Charles Circle in Boston. Here is the latest information to plan your commuting.
Phase I is scheduled to last until August 2014. Construction will take place on the upriver or western side of the bridge, which typically carries the inbound traffic. During Phase I, Inbound (to Boston) traffic will use the downriver or eastern side of the bridge. Outbound traffic to Cambridge will be detoured from Charles Circle onto Charles St. eastbound, through Leverett Circle, onto O'Brien Highway and Land Boulevard to the Kendall Square area. This detour will be in place for all phases and the full three and a half years of the project. For specific detour information, please see MassDOT's Detour Map.
MBTA Red Line subway service will be maintained during weekdays for the duration of the project. There will be 25 separate weekend shutdowns between the start and the finish of the project in 2016, with replacement bus service operating between Kendall/MIT and Park St stations. The 2013 weekend shutdowns are tentatively scheduled for the weekends of August 10-11, 2013, August 24-25, October 19-20, October 26-27 and November 2-3.
UPDATE as of 9-27-13: Planned diversions for fall 2013 are now Oct. 26-27, Nov. 2-3, and Nov. 23-24 only.
Expect traffic impacts and delays during the project. For the first two weeks, MassDOT will significantly beef up its monitoring of traffic flow throughout the project area, and may make modifications to improve circulation. Drivers should allow for extra time in their commutes and consider using the Mass Ave and BU Bridges as well as the marked preferred detour route. This is a good time to consider walking, biking, using transit, car and van pooling and telework where these modes fit your commute.
CRTMA and Paul Revere Transportation staff will monitor EZRide Shuttle performance during the Longfellow closure. Shuttle riders should expect delays and longer running times. CRTMA will evaluate impacts over the first two weeks after the Longfellow closure prior to making changes to the schedule or route, if any.
The three and half year rehabilitation project will address the bridge's current structural deficiencies, upgrade its structural capacity and bring it up to modern code, including improving multi-modal access and bridge-to-city-street connections to meet accessibility guidelines. The repairs and modifications will be consistent with the historic character of the bridge and comply with environmental standards.
and to ask questions or comment on the project, consult MassDOT's website: www.mass.gov/massdot/longfellowbridge.
Contact MassDOT at 617-519-9892, or email@example.com for questions and to report issues or concerns about the project.