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Traffic Advisory Reminder for Longfellow Bridge Rehab Project

Please see the following construction and traffic advisory from the Department of Transportation (MassDOT) – Tim.

“The previously announced traffic shift on the Longfellow Bridge will now begin on Monday, November 9. MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC), will shift traffic on the downstream side of the Longfellow Bridge to accommodate modified Stage 2 construction of the temporary outbound Red Line track (called a “shoo-fly”) on the roadway. WSC is beginning the work early to advance the schedule and minimize the risk of delays due to winter weather. Stage 2 will last approximately three months, through January 2016.

During Stage 2, WSC will also close the Longfellow Bridge to all vehicular traffic overnight, Mondays through Fridays. The closure will begin at 9:00 PM each night and end at 5:00 AM the following morning. The closure may extend to Saturday nights, if needed. The closure will be from November 9, 2015 through January 2016, and is necessary to expedite the work and shorten the duration of the temporary traffic shift.

Temporary Traffic Shift

The work will require temporarily narrowing space for vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians on the downstream side of the bridge. The traffic shift is necessary to maintain two-way bike travel across the bridge until construction of the upstream side is complete and all bike travel is shifted to it.

While the temporary traffic shift is in place, inbound bikes will continue to use a dedicated lane on the roadway, which will be shifted to the east away from the MBTA Red Line tracks. Inbound vehicles will also be shifted to the east, so the temporary tracks can be installed. Outbound bikes and pedestrians will share the sidewalk. This configuration differs from the original Stage 2 plan where bike travel in both directions would have been shifted to the upstream side of the bridge for construction of the temporary track. It is an extension of what is currently in place in the middle of the bridge between the “Salt and Pepper” towers. Bicyclists will be asked to walk their bikes across the bridge to ensure the safety of all users, and signs will be posted noting this requirement. View the Modified Stage 2 Graphic for new travel space configurations.

Nightly Closures of the Longfellow Bridge to Vehicles

Overnight closures of the Longfellow Bridge will expedite construction of the shoo-fly. Boston-bound vehicles should use the inbound detour routes described below. Bike and pedestrian traffic will be maintained across the bridge at all times. No closures will be implemented until one hour before and after all events at TD Garden to minimize traffic impacts at Leverett Circle.

Inbound Detour Routes: All motor vehicles will be detoured using one of two routes. Passenger vehicles may use Memorial Drive westbound to make a U-turn at Ames Street for access to Memorial Drive eastbound to Land Boulevard and Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28) to reach Leverett Circle, or 3rd Street and Binney Street to reach Land Boulevard. Height restrictions are in place for Memorial Drive, so all buses and trucks must use 3rd Street and Binney Street to reach Land Boulevard and Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28).

The Cambridge-bound detour remains in place using the existing signed route from Charles Circle following Charles Street to Leverett Circle, Monsignor O’Brien Highway (Route 28)/Charles River Dam Road and Land Boulevard.

Next Steps

WSC held an emergency responder briefing on October 30 to discuss traffic management plans with Mass General Hospital and first responders, such as police and fire personnel. WSC has also coordinated with the MBTA to ensure access for emergency busing should an emergency shutdown of the Red Line be necessary.

In early February, once the temporary track is complete, all bikes will be shifted to the upstream side of the bridge and the outbound MBTA Red Line will be shifted to the temporary track. Inbound trains will be moved to the current outbound side and WSC will begin rehabilitating the bridge under the current location of MBTA inbound tracks. This Stage 3 work will take approximately eight months to complete. During this stage, inbound vehicles and pedestrians will continue to use the downstream side. View the Stage 3 Graphic for new travel space configurations.

For more information, visit the project website at www.mass.gov/massdot/longfellowbridge. For questions or issues and concerns related to construction, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email longfellowbridge@state.ma.us. View construction progress photos on MassDOT’s Longfellow Bridge Flickr Album.”

MassDOT Seeks Community Input on Capital Investment Plan

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will hold a series of community conversations to seek input from residents to help develop the agency’s 5-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP), including a public meeting in Cambridge on Thursday, October 22. The meeting will be held at Rindge and Latin starting at 6:30 PM. The CIP provides a framework for all MassDOT projects, covering everything from highway and municipal projects to regional airports, pedestrian walkways, and rail and transit. Please see the flyer below from MassDOT for more info, and for where to submit your comments should you be unable to attend any of the meetings.


Longfellow Bridge Public Information Meetings

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will hold a public informational meeting in Cambridge next month to provide an update  on the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project’s completed and upcoming work. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 2 from 6-8pm at the Multicultural Arts Center on 41 Second Street. Following the presentation, staff from MassDOT and the design/build contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV, will be available to answer questions.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the informational meeting in Cambridge because MassDOT will hold a similar presentation in Boston on Thursday, September 17 from 6-8pm in the Auditorium at the Shriners Hospitals for Children on 51 Blossom Street.

For more information about the project or to sign up to receive email advisories, please visit the project website. For construction related questions or issues, contact the project hotline at 617-519-9892.


Info & Recruitment Session on MassWin-GLX Building Pathways Program Tonight in Somerville

The Somerville Community Corporation and the City of Cambridge’s Office of Workforce Development are co-hosting a recruitment event in Somerville for the  MassWIN GLX Workforce Development Program tonight at VNA Somerville (259 Lowell Street) at 7pm.

The program, also known as the Building Pathways program, is a pilot project that intends to recruit community members into transportation related careers and will focus on workforce development and job creation in the communities along the GLX route. Please contact Barbara Louis at 617-776-5931 x 233 or email at blouis@somervillecdc.org to register for tonight’s event or to learn more about future recruitment events in Cambridge and Somerville.

Public Meeting on McGrath Boulevard Project

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the City of Somerville will hold a second public information meeting for the McGrath Boulevard Project Development on Thursday, May 28th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the East Somerville Community School Auditorium.

MassDOT’s project team will share the ongoing work of the McGrath Boulevard working group in addition to providing a general overview of the progress of project development. The McGrath working group is composed of community residents, municipal staff of abutting cities, business owners, elected officials, and bicycle, pedestrian, and green space advocates. The working group  has met three times since November, 2014 and is working to reach a preferred alternative for an at-grade boulevard that accommodates bicyclists and pedestrians along the McGrath Highway corridor. Following the presentation, MassDOT staff will facilitate a discussion to hear community comments and questions.

MassDOT announce High School Video Contest to promote “Safe Streets. Smart Trips.” Initiative

MassDOT Secretary and CEO, Richard A. Davey announced a statewide high school video contest to promote the Safe Streets. Smart Trips. initiative at an event on Thursday, May 15h at Somerville High School. The initiative is a multiagency and multidisciplinary effort within the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Awareness and Enforcement Program, and part of the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth.

MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard Davey announces "Safe Streets. Smart Trips." Video Contest

MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard Davey announces “Safe Streets. Smart Trips.” Video Contest on Thursday, May 15.

The video contest is open to all high school students across the Commonwealth. Contest rules and guidelines will be sent to high school principals and can also be found here.  A grand prize and runner-up winner will be chosen in October, 2014 and their contributions will be premiered at MassDOT’s annual active transportation conference, Moving Together. The grand prize winner will receive an iPad, a $300 cash prize, and a prize packet of sponsor prizes, while the runner-up winner will receive an iPad and a prize packet of sponsor prizes.

The contest is designed to raise awareness of each traveler’s behavior within the transportation system. In order to prevent accidents on our roadways, drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians must exercise care and caution for one another. The contest will also draw on the benefits of healthy and active transportation options.

For more information about the 2014 Moving Together healthy transportation conference, please visit this link.

Green Line Extension: Community Path Meeting

The Green Line Extension (GLX) Project Team will hold a public meeting to review the latest design plans for the Community Path on Wednesday, May 14 at the Holiday Inn in Somerville on 30 Washington Street from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey announced on April 30th that as part of the Green Line Extension project, the project team will both design and construct the multi-modal Community Path to be built along the GLX in Somerville and Cambridge. The 1.9 mile path will connect four GLX Stations: Lowell Street, Gilman Square, Washington Street and the relocated Lechmere. When complete, the path will provide a connection that will give pedestrians and bicyclists a continuous route from Bedford to Boston. More information about the project is available on the Green Line Extension website. If you have any questions on the Green Line Extension Project, please email info@glxinfo.com.

For more information or to request reasonable accommodations and/or language services for the Community Path Meeting, please contact Joe Sgroi at jsgroi@gilbaneco.com or 617-996-0771.


Everything You Need to Know About the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Curb cuts, median removals, and traffic mitigation have already begun on the Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project. The project is extremely complex, involving the reconstruction of a century-old bridge and the brick-by-brick refurbishing of its iconic salt-and-pepper-shaker stone towers. Over the next three years, construction on the Longfellow is going to have a major effect on how all of us get around town. With that in mind, I’ll do my best to keep you up to date through this blog, and to answer some common questions.

Last night, MassDOT held a public meeting regarding the project in general and traffic detours specifically. You can see the presentation from last night’s meeting here. As you might expect, there’s a lot of information in that presentation, so I’ll try to highlight the key points:

  • Red Line train service will be replaced by buses running from Kendall to MGH and Park St. on five weekends in 2013: August 10-11, August 24-25, October 19-20, October 26-27, and November 2-3. During these weekends, the Longfellow’s cycle lanes will be closed to accommodate two-way bus traffic, and traffic patterns around the bridge will change significantly. To receive real-time updates and alerts about Red Line service by phone or email, sign up for the MBTA’s Rider Alerts. There are a total of 25 planned “weekend diversions” over the project’s three-year lifespan.
  • The project includes several features to make the Boston and Cambridge sides of the bridge more pedestrian-friendly, including a new footbridge connecting the Longfellow to the paths on Memorial Drive.
  • The first phase of construction requires closing the western lanes of the bridge. Boston-to Cambridge traffic will be detoured until September of next year. You can find a full-color map of the detour on page 18 of MassDOT’s presentation.
  • Striping of new lanes on the Craigie Bridge/Charles River Dam Rd. begins this Saturday.
  • MassDOT and the project’s contractors will be intensely monitoring data from the first two weeks under the new traffic patterns, and will make adjustments as appropriate.

MassDOT is operating a dedicated hotline for comments and concerns related to the Longfellow project, and they intend to answer every call within two hours. You can reach MassDOT’s hotline at (617)-519-9892, or just send them an email at longfellowbridge@state.ma.us. MassDOT’s Stephanie Boundy is also keeping neighbors up-to-speed with regular email blasts. Over 700 people receive these helpful email alerts now, and you can sign up by contacting Stephanie at (857)-368-8904 or stephanie.boundy@state.ma.us.

Major Traffic Changes on Longfellow Bridge Expected to Last Until September 2014

Cambridge-bound traffic will be rerouted to the Craigie Bridge and Land Boulevard during the Longfellow Bridge's rehabilitation. Image via MassDOT.

Cambridge-bound traffic will be rerouted to the Craigie Bridge and Land Boulevard during the Longfellow Bridge’s rehabilitation. Image via MassDOT.

Beginning July 20, traffic patterns on the Longfellow Bridge will be dramatically changed to accommodate construction on the 107-year-old structure. The new traffic patterns will only affect motorists: cyclists and pedestrians will continue to be able to cross the bridge in both directions. The new traffic patterns are expected to persist until September 2014.  Click here to see a larger map of the new traffic patterns.

Boston-bound traffic will be reduced to one lane, while Cambridge-bound traffic will be diverted to the Craigie Bridge. You can learn more about the project and traffic changes at tomorrow night’s public meeting at MIT.

Medford St. in Somerville to Close for Three Weeks

Beginning this Friday, as part of Phase I construction of the Green Line Extension, Medford St. between McGrath Highway and Ward St. in Somerville will be closed for three weeks. This closure is expected to create significant traffic impacts, and you can learn more about detours here.

A map of the detour routes is below. As always, if you have any questions, you can email info@glxinfo.com or contact the Green Line Extension Project at 855-GLX-INFO (855-459-4636).

Detours for the Medford St. bridge construction. Image via MassDOT.

Detours for the Medford St. bridge construction. Image via MassDOT.

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