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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 October 21 to October 28

There will be a public information meeting related to upcoming traffic shifts and other work for this project on Wednesday, October 26th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the War Memorial Auditorium at Newton City Hall, located at 1000 Commonwealth Avenue in Newton. All are encouraged to attend. Please share this information with your friends, family, coworkers and anyone else you think you benefit from the information.

Throughout the week of October 24th, 2016, Barletta Heavy Division (BHD), MassDOT’s contractor for the 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.

The week of the 24th also includes third shift work between the hours of 7:00PM and 5:00AM on between Kendrick Street and the Highland Avenue median.

At Highland Avenue, forming, reinforcing, and pouring of the west abutment footing will occur throughout the week.

From Kendrick Street to the Highland Avenue median, the project team will be excavating the southbound piles for load transfer platform (LTP), and installing the LTP and embankment along the southbound side throughout the week. Work will also consist of installation of plantings and seed in the mitigation area throughout the week. Night work will consist of installation of base and intermediate course paving from Kendrick to Highland northbound median, and Kendrick to the LTP at the southbound median from Monday October 24th through Thursday October 27th.

At Central Avenue, installation of temporary pavement markings will be installed on Monday October 24th.

At Route 9, installation of granite curbing on the mainline between W2 (I-95 Northbound to Route 9 Westbound) and W1 (Route 9 to I-95 Northbound) will occur Monday and Tuesday, October 24th and 25th. Project team members will be installing milling mulch in this location on Wednesday and Thursday October 26th and 27th, and guardrail will be installed on Friday October 28th.

The current shared exit lane for Route 9 Eastbound and Route 9 Westbound off I-95 Northbound is in place through October 30th.

For Through Traffic on I-95 Northbound:

  • The right travel lane will be used exclusively for exit traffic during this shift. Stay in the left three lanes
  • Detour signage will be provided for motorists who inadvertently exit the highway at Route 9. These motorists will be directed to make a U turn at Sun Life Financial in order to return to I-95.

At the mainline, installation of zoneguard barrier, and removal of precast concrete barrier will occur Monday through Thursday, October 24th through 27th.

BHD will be closing lanes during off-peak hours to continue construction of all bridges. Lane closures are permitted and 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.

Upcoming Meetings and Meeting Presentations


Wednesday, October 26th
6:30pm to 8:30pm
War Memorial Auditorium at Newton City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton


Getting Involved

Please sign up for e-mail updates on the project. Send questions and comments to:

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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