- 9 Eastbound
- 9 Westbound
- 9 on the Pike approaches (84, 93, 95, 290, 395, 495)
- 8 Southbound
- 7 Northbound
- 1 Eastbound
- 5 Westbound
- This installation will be removed in the fall and replaced with permanent boards to be installed in 2014.
encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the
Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is expected
Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers
are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid
peak traffic volumes between 1pm and 7pm on those days.
Traffic is especially heavy at the I-84 interchange at Exit 9 in Sturbridge on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend and at Exit 11A, I-495, which handles cars headed south to Cape Cod and north to New Hampshire and Maine.
The U.S Army Corps of Engineers reports that all travel lanes on the Sagamore Bridge will remain open between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
MassDOT will suspend all construction work on major arterial
roadways from 12:00PM Noon on Friday, May 24 through the start of
normal business on Tuesday, May 28.
Check the MassDOT live Traffic Cameras web page before you travel to view current traffic.
Sign up at the 511 Traveler Information Service to receive personalized travel information alerts via email, text or telephone. MassDOT as always reminds drivers to avoid using cell phones while driving. Call into the 511 service before departing.
Save time and fuel by joining E-ZPass to avoid waiting in line at cash toll booths.
Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 pm Monday night through 5 am Tuesday morning.
The MBTA will operate buses and subways on a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day.All RMV offices will be closed Monday May 27 in observance of the holiday.
MassDOT announced plans are underway to implement on the Tobin Bridge All Electronic Tolling (AET), a form of toll collection that saves drivers from both stopping and slowing down to pay their toll. MassDOT has scheduled a series of informational meetings to inform North Shore commuters and answer questions about the upcoming transition.
“With the implementation of this innovative form of toll collection we are saying to our customers that their time is valuable,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey. “We are also increasing safety and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by cutting congestion and the time spent idling at the cash booth.”
Beginning early in 2014, motorists will no longer have the option to stop at a toll booth and pay cash for their Tobin Bridge toll. Tolls will be collected electronically in one of two ways: either through the motorist’s E-ZPass transponder or via a program in which a camera captures the license plate and the vehicle’s registered owner is billed by mail. A contractor has been selected to install the gantry or overhead collection system and work is beginning to support the technical back-office operations.
The informational meeting series will include timeframes and the benefits of AET such as reduced congestion, increased safety and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Motorists will be able to sign up for an E-ZPass transponder on-site.
MassDOT is encouraging motorists to join E-ZPass in advance of the transition and making it easier than ever for new customers to join E-ZPass. MassDOT is planning a new North Shore Customer Walk-In Center as well as putting a new mobile E-ZPass registration vehicle on the road this summer to reach those motorists still using cash.
Despite the introduction of transponders and electronic toll collection in the late 1990s, a significant portion of Tobin Bridge customers still elect to pay with cash. In 2012, there were 4.1 million cash transactions on the Tobin Bridge, an average of more than 11,000 each day.
E-ZPass transponders are now available at 17 AAA branches and 20 Registry of Motor Vehicles branches. You can also order a transponder online: www.Mass.gov/EZPassMA.
A list of informational meetings is available after the break.
MassDOT has recommended that the McCarthy Overpass portion of McGrath Highway be grounded and the roadway developed into a Boulevard that reconnects East Somerville, Union Square and Brickbottom. Project managers released the recommendation during a May 15 public meeting in Somerville to discuss the Grounding McGrath Study.
A multiyear planning study examining multiple alternatives concluded this approach best balances local and regional needs in the McGrath Highway corridor and area neighborhoods. The recommended plan preserves continuity at Washington Street, while enhancing pedestrian and bicycle connections. This option will also create a new connection from McGrath Highway northbound to Somerville Avenue and Union Square, providing full access in all directions at that location. The removal of the overpass will allow for wider sidewalks, bicycle paths, added green space that will help spur redevelopment and enhance existing uses along the corridor.
“Our decision to go with the boulevard option reflects the strong desire to integrate more, and healthier, modes of transportation into our highway network,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. “Investing public dollars into projects like this will catalyze private development, which creates jobs and economic activity, which will benefit Somerville for the next generation.”
MassDOT worked with the Cities of Somerville and Cambridge, community leaders, advocacy groups and elected officials to develop recommendations through the involvement of the Grounding McGrath Study Working Group.
A Health Impact Assessment in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health concluded that the Boulevard option offers a great opportunity for mobility and access.
The study’s recommendations also support other efforts adjacent to the Route 28 Corridor, including the MBTA Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford; the Somerville Community Path; the NorthPoint development in Cambridge; and the City of Somerville's planning efforts in Inner Belt, Brickbottom and Union Square.
Thursday, May 16, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Abigail Adams Middle School Auditorium, 89 Middle Street, Weymouth
The purpose of this hearing is to provide an overview of the construction plans and traffic impacts for the replacement of the Fore River Bridge, which carries Route 3A over the Fore River between Quincy and Weymouth. The hearing will provide an opportunity to meet MassDOT’s design/build team for the project and offer comments or ask questions.
The Fore River Bridge Replacement is part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Fore River Bridge project includes the complete replacement and eventual removal of the existing temporary span. The project now underway is scheduled for completion in 2016.
To be added to the project email list, please contact Donny Dailey, 857-368-8902 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, we invite you to visit the Fore River Bridge project website.
Posted by Ethan Britland, Project Manager
Please join us for a Public Information Meeting on the Grounding McGrath: Determining the Future of the Route 28 Corridor Study:
Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Albert F. Argenziano School, 290 Washington Street, Somerville
MassDOT will present draft recommendations from the study, answer questions and welcome comments.
The recommendations are the culmination of a multi-year collaborative planning effort between MassDOT and community stakeholders to determine the future of the Route 28 Corridor. McGrath Highway (Route 28 from Mystic Avenue/I-93 to the Cambridge boundary) is a relic of another time, when 1950’s auto-dominated transportation began to shape our communities.
The Grounding McGrath study has been evaluating the long-term needs of the Route 28 corridor. And significant planning is already underway for economic development in the area adjacent to the corridor, including the MBTA Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford; the Community Path; the NorthPoint development in Cambridge; and the City of Somerville's planning efforts in Inner Belt, Brickbottom and Union Square. As growth continues, the corridor will play a pivotal role in providing multimodal access for these areas and neighborhoods.The McCarthy Overpass, the elevated structure that carries Route 28 over Washington Street in Somerville, is currently in need of substantial repairs.
The Grounding McGrath study is also being supported by the work of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Health Impact Assessment Study. This collaborative effort between MassDOT and Public Health is a key outcome of the 2009 transportation reform law and establishment of the Healthy Transportation Compact.
Learn more by visiting the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website.
This is a vital area in the region - robust with economic growth and development and home to a vibrant group of stakeholders. I hope you can join our effort to improve the corridor!
The Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge replacement project continues to move forward in spring 2013. Roadway construction related to the project will result in some changes for motorists on North Lake Avenue and Belmont Street (Route 9) in Worcester beginning Monday, May 6.
Reconstruction of North Lake Avenue will begin between Belmont Street (Route 9) and South Road. The first phase of work will address the southbound lanes. During this period all traffic will be shifted to the northbound lanes, creating two-way traffic. This phase of the project is expected to last approximately eight weeks. During this phase, the existing U-Turn for motorists seeking to go south on Lake Avenue will be closed. Motorists going south should proceed to the next U-Turn approximately 1,000 feet farther north.
During North Lake Avenue work, access will be maintained to UMass Medical Center, the National Guard facility and the Shaw Building. The DCR main entrance at Regatta Point will remain open during all work.
Work on Belmont Street between Lake Avenue and Alvarado Avenue will also move to major reconstruction. This work will be completed with traffic shifted around the work zone as needed. Shifts will take place during off-peak hours to minimize disruptions to traffic. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction.
The Burns Memorial Bridge project is funded as part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges throughout the Commonwealth. To learn more visit the project website: www.mass.gov/massdot/kenburnsbridge.
Today, Wednesday, April 24, the MBTA Copley Station has reopened and Copley area buses are back on normal routes.
I-90 Exit 22 Copley and Prudential ramps and surrounding streets are reopened to traffic.
Thank you from MassDOT and the MBTA for your patience during the required service changes and roadway restrictions of the past nine days.