Traffic Impacts for Railroad Crossing Work in Chelsea

The MBTA is building a new, fully accessible Chel­sea Commuter Rail station next to the final SL3 stop in Chelsea (behind Mar­ket Basket, Everett Ave­nue). When complete, the new station will connect the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Lines to the SL3. While building the new station, we are also up­grading the rail signal sys­tem and replacing the rail­road crossings at Eastern Avenue, Third Street, and Everett Avenue in Chelsea, as well as Second Street in Everett. To prepare for the railroad crossing work, the MBTA’s contractor will be doing utility work at these locations in April and May.

The current Chelsea Commuter Rail station, on the Newburyport/Rockport Line at Arlington Street in Chelsea, is inconvenient for transfers to other modes, is not accessible to peo­ple with disabilities, and is in disrepair. The MBTA is investing $32 million to construct the new Chelsea Commuter Rail station, including full high-lev­el platforms for boarding, canopies and benches, new sidewalks, security cam­eras, passenger assistance telephones, lighting, and more. Work began in Au­gust 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2021.

Please know that Mass­DOT, the MBTA, their consultants, and the con­tractor continue to work on the Chelsea Commuter Rail Project through these challenging times and have implemented appropriate safety measures related to COVID-19.

Traffic Impacts in April and May 

To safely perform work at the railroad crossings, traffic will be impacted in the following locations at these scheduled* times:

•Second Street in Ev­erett – Monday, April 13, through Friday, April 17, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane with alter­nating traffic in each direc­tion.

•Third Street in Chel­sea – Monday, April 20, through Friday, April 24, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane with alter­nating traffic in each direc­tion.

•Eastern Avenue in Chel­sea – Monday, April 27, through Friday, May 1, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. One lane of traffic will remain open in each direc­tion.

•Everett Avenue in Chel­sea – Monday, May 11, through Friday, May 15, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Northbound traffic will be detoured around the railroad crossing. See the detour route below. South­bound traffic will not be impacted.

*If work is completed ahead of schedule at one crossing, work will imme­diately commence at the next scheduled crossing (Monday through Friday).

Police details will help direct traffic around all rail­road crossings while con­struction is in progress.

Detour Route for North­bound Traffic on Everett Avenue 

Northbound traffic on Everett Avenue will be di­rected to follow the detour route:

•Turn right on Spruce Street. After crossing the railroad tracks, turn left on Beech Street. Turn left on Maple Street, then turn right to continue north on Everett Avenue.

MBTA Commuter Rail riders will not be impacted by this work.

Road Closures and Com­muter Rail Service Shut­downs This Spring/Sum­mer 

During up to six week­ends this spring and early summer, we will need to close some roads while we replace the railroad track crossings. Vehicles will need to be detoured during the railroad crossing re­placements. All detour routes will be added to the project website once final­ized. All pedestrian and bi­cycle access at SL3 stations will remain the same. Fur­ther information, including an updated work schedule and information about de­tour routes, will be sent at a later date.

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