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Longfellow Bridge Detours start July 20th!

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.

Closure and Detour  Information

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.

Red Line Service

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.

Traffic Impacts

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.

EZRide Shuttle

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.

Project Background
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.

For more information about the Longfellow Bridge Construction,

and to ask questions or comment on the project, consult MassDOT's website:  

Contact MassDOT at 617-519-9892, or for questions and to report issues or concerns about the project.   


Upcoming construction in and around Kendall Square

By now, just about everyone is aware that the Longfellow Bridge is heading for major surgery this year.  Here's an update from Cambridge DPW on preparatory work conducted on the Cambridge side landing of the bridge.

During the week of April 1st, city crews will be transplanting the 15 birch trees, a majority of the shrubs and some of the grasses currently located in the Longfellow Bridge median (between the bridge and Third Street).  This work is being done in advance of MassDOT's upcoming reconstruction of the Longfellow Bridge, which is anticipated to begin this spring and will require the temporary removal of a significant portion of the median. The trees will be replanted at the Cambridge Golf Course and Fresh Pond.  The shrubs and grasses will be replanted at various parks around the City.  

City of Cambridge -- Open House – Kendall Square Street and Sidewalk Construction
Tuesday April 23, 4:00 - 8:00
Marriott Hotel, 50 Broadway, Kendall Square

Information will be available about all of the planned street and sidewalk construction projects anticipated in the Kendall Square area in the next 2 years.

•         Binney Street -- Land Blvd to Third St
•         Broadway -- Third St to Ames St
•         Land Blvd @ Binney St
•         Longfellow Bridge
•         Main Street -- Third St to Ames St

For more information, visit Cambridge DPW at


Mass DOT Announces Closure of Reid Overpass on Memorial Drive at BU Bridge

MassDOT has announced that the Reid Overpass, which carries Memorial Drive traffic over the BU Bridge/Brookline Ave rotary, will close for six months, starting this Sunday, April 7.  As anyone who's driven over this bridge recently will know, it is in need of structural repairs.  

During the closure, all Memorial Drive traffic will be detoured through the rotary.  This is a complete closure, applies to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

For information on this and other MassDOT projects, visit MassDOT:






Longfellow Bridge Design Build Rehabilitation spans the next three years; starts soon

The long awaited rehabilitation of Longfellow bridge will begin presently. The design/build team will add a traffic signal at Charles Circle, make curb modifications, conduct investigations and other preliminary activities soon.

View an animation of the projects’ six stages.

For more information about the Longfellow Bridge Construction,
and to ask questions or comment on the project:

MassDOT Public Meeting -- Longfellow Bridge Construction
Tuesday, April 9, 6:30–8:30 PM
Shriners Hospitals for Children Auditorium, 51 Blossom Street, Boston
visit website

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