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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 April 20 to April 27, 2018

Throughout the week of April 23, 2018, 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 and a third shift of 7:00PM to 5:00AM. All project work is currently underway within the Town of Needham, except at the I-95/Route 9 Interchange, which is located in Wellesley.

From Highland Avenue to Central Avenue, crews will install noise wall panels, and mobilize and install granite veneer at Central Avenue throughout the week. Base course paving work will occur between ramp W6 (I-95 Southbound to Route 9 Eastbound) and Central Avenue on the Southbound side on Monday, April 23, followed by immediate course paving in the same area on Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25. Edging will also be installed between ramp W6 (I-95 Southbound to Route 9 Eastbound) and Central Avenue on the Southbound side on Thursday, April 26 And Friday, April 27. Dense and gravel course paving work between Central Avenue and the ledge cut on the Northbound side will take place Monday, April 23 through Wednesday, April 25, followed by base course paving in the same area on Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27.

At Route 9, crews will install curbing along Route 9 Eastbound at the Route 9 Bridge throughout the week as well as form and pour the remaining Route 9 sidewalks and the barrier cap at the Cedar Street noise wall. The new signal at the bottom of ramp W7 (I-95 Southbound to Route 9 Westbound) will be activated on a yellow flash beginning Wednesday, April 25, to alert drivers of its installation. It is anticipated to run the full progression of red, yellow and green beginning in mid-May. More information on this will be forthcoming in a separate release. Crews will mill along Route 9 Monday, April 23 through Wednesday, April 25 and intermediate paving work will occur in the same area Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26.

Along the mainline, project team members will continue to remove temporary barrier and install vine wire and attachments at all completed noise wall locations throughout the week. They will also raise the castings from the Southern limits to Highland Avenue Northbound and install asphalt berm from just North of Route 9 to Highland Avenue on the Southbound side.

BHD will be closing lanes during off-peak hours to continue construction of all bridges. Night work along Route 9 will require nightly ramp closures with associated detours. It is anticipated that night shift lane closures on I-95 will occur to remove temporary barrier. 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 is contingent upon the weather.

BHD will be closing lanes during off-peak hours to continue construction of all bridges. Night work along Route 9 will require nightly ramp closures with associated detours. It is anticipated that night shift lane closures on I-95 will occur to remove temporary barrier. 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 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 ncabral-curtis@hshassoc.com.

Upcoming Meetings and Meeting Presentations

Meetings

There are no meetings currently scheduled.

Presentations

Getting Involved

Please sign up for e-mail updates on the project. Send questions and comments to: NWi95@dot.state.ma.us

For additional information, please contact:

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

or

Donny Dailey
MassDOT Legislative Liaison

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