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Project Status

Barletta Heavy Division, Inc. is the prime contractor. Construction began in January 2015 and is expected to be completed in Spring 2019. MassDOT established an interim milestone requiring a portion of the new Kendrick Street Interchange to be open to traffic in Fall 2016.

The project has been split into five major stages to minimize impacts to the traveling public. Stage 1 (January 2015 to October 2015) includes the following:

  • Widening the northern half of the Kendrick Street Bridge while maintaining the existing three lanes on the structure.
  • Building Kendrick Street ramp bridge to I-95 NB.
  • Commencing construction of the new Highland Street Bridge while maintaining traffic on the existing spans.
  • Initial construction at the interchange of I-95 and Route 9.
  • Demolition of the railroad bridge over I-95.

View the Project Overview page for more detailed information including the new Interchange Ramp Configurations.

Current Construction Activities: Period of November 24 to December 1, 2017

Throughout the week of November 27, 2017 Barletta Heavy Division (BHD), MassDOT’s contractor for the I-95/Route 128 Add-a-Lane Bridge V project, will continue construction operations. Work will be performed project-wide during the standard working hours of 7:00AM to 3:00PM. All project work is currently underway within the Town of Needham, except at the I-95/Route 9 Interchange, which is located in Wellesley.

Work will not take place on November 23, 2017 in recognition of Thanksgiving.

On Thursday November 30, intermediate protective course paving will occur. On Friday December 1, Ramps K1 (Kendrick Street to I-95 northbound) and K5 (collector-distributor road from Highland Eastbound to Kendrick Street) will open, and pavement markings will be refreshed project wide. Friday night into Saturday, December 1 and 2, all traffic will be shifted to the new Route 9 Bridge Structure – a separate release will be forthcoming regarding that operation.

Between Highland Avenue and Kendrick Street work will focus on: placement of mulch along the northbound shoulder south of the Kendrick Street Bridge and southbound shoulder north of the Kendrick Street Bridge, installation of signage foundations, and drainage installation and slope construction along the southbound shoulder.

From Highland Avenue to Central Avenue, work throughout the week will address installation of the cast-in-place cap along the barrier wall, installation of expansion joints on the Highland Avenue Bridge, backfilling at the bridge wing walls, installation of fence and guardrail, forming and pouring of barrier, and installation of soldier piles and lagging panels for walls adjacent to the Central Avenue Bridge.

At Route 9, work will address waterproofing of the bridge deck Monday through Wednesday (November 27 through 29), followed by protective course paving of the Route 9 Bridge on Thursday November 30 (both are weather dependent).Temporary striping of the bridge structure will occur on Friday December 1. The Cedar Street noise wall will be prepped for panel installation. Work will also include the installation of median curbing along the Route 9 median, east and west of the bridge structure.

BHD will be closing lanes during off-peak hours to continue construction of all bridges. It is anticipated that nightly ramp closures on Route 9 Eastbound to I-95 Southbound (W5) will occur to facilitate ramp construction. Lane closures are necessary to create a safe work zone; drivers are asked to be aware of possible lane closures for their own safety and that of the project team. Please also note that all work - especially related to paving - is contingent upon the weather.

For questions or issues and concerns related to construction, please email the project’s public involvement specialist, Nathaniel Curtis at

Upcoming Meetings and Meeting Presentations


There are no meetings currently scheduled.


Getting Involved

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For additional information, please contact:

Nathaniel Curtis, Howard/Stein-Hudson, Public Involvement Specialist
Tel: (617)482-7080 x236


Donny Dailey
MassDOT Legislative Liaison

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