Chelsea Curves Construction Look-Ahead Through April 3

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.).  Nighttime lane reduction to one lane scheduled for Thursday, 3/25, and Friday, 3/26 (10 p.m. – 5 a.m.).

Route 1 Southbound: Approaching the Chelsea Curves from the North Shore, the work zone is in the median. All 3 travel lanes are open during the daytime hours (5 a.m.–10 p.m.).

Local Street Closures

•Fifth Street: On Monday, 3/26, Fifth Street will be closed during the daytime from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

•Orange Street: On Monday, 3/26, Orange Street will be closed during the daytime from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

•Arlington Street: On Tuesday, 3/27, Arlington Street will be closed during the daytime from 7 a.m. to 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: Placement of bridge barrier and installation of final highway lighting will continue through the Chelsea Curves.

Route 1 Southbound: Completion of bridge superstructure and installation Fire Standpipe System will continue through the Chelsea Curves.

Completed Work

•All remaining work is within the Chelsea Viaduct portion of the job. Work continues on the reconstruction of parking lots underneath the Chelsea Viaduct.

Travel Tips

Drivers should take care to pay attention to all signage and move carefully through the work zone. Police details, 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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