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What's New

The contractor began removing trees along the project corridor in early February and the work is ongoing. The work is taking place between Clark Street in Abington and Fountain Lane in Weymouth within the roadway right-of-way. The removals are necessary to prepare for the start of roadway widening in select locations later in 2018. The contractor is coordinating with Abington and Weymouth tree wardens and adjacent property owners. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. During the off-peak hours of 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the vehicle travel pattern is one alternating lane. Times may be adjusted as traffic conditions warrant. Police details are present to direct traffic.

Other Early Action Work in the project area includes relocations by utility companies and surveying. The contractor is also constructing retaining walls in several locations within the project corridor.

Traffic Information

MassDOT will maintain one lane of travel in both directions throughout construction.

The project requires three weekend shutdowns of the MBTA Kingston/Plymouth Commuter Rail line. The shutdowns are necessary for the contractor to safely replace the bridge that carries Route 18 over the railroad. MassDOT and the MBTA are coordinating closely with the contractor. The project team will announce the shutdowns with advance notice. During the shutdown, MassDOT will detour traffic from Route 18 onto Pond Street. Buses will also replace trains on the MBTA Kingston/Plymouth Commuter Rail line. The MBTA and MassDOT encourage commuter rail passengers to use the Middleborough/Lakeville line during the three weekend shutdowns, if possible.

About the Project

This project is reconstructing and widening Route 18 (Main Street/Bedford Street) in Weymouth and Abington. It will widen the roadway to two lanes and a shoulder in each direction throughout the project corridor. The corridor is a four-mile stretch of Route 18 from Middle Street/West Street (just west of Route 3) in Weymouth to Route 139 in Abington. The project also includes:

  • replacing the bridge that carries Route 18 over the MBTA Kingston/Plymouth Commuter Rail line in Weymouth
  • reconstructing existing intersections with traffic signal updates and safety improvements
  • installing new emergency traffic control signals at the Abington Fire Station
  • new sidewalks for pedestrians and accessibility improvement
  • bicycle accommodations
  • stormwater management updates

The project is using accelerated construction techniques to minimize traffic impacts. The contract incorporates incentives and disincentives to ensure timely completion of project milestones.

Anticipated Project & Work Schedule

Work is scheduled to begin in late fall 2017. Anticipated project completion is spring 2022.

  • 2017-2019: Utility relocations and enabling work for construction.
  • 2018-2021: Construction and widening of Route 18
  • 2018-2019: Route 18 bridge reconstruction, temporary and permanent alignment, over MBTA Kingston/Plymouth Commuter Rail line
  • 2020-2022: Final paving of Route 18 and final restoration

Project Documents & Meeting Materials

Project Team

  • MassDOT - Owner
  • Gioioso-D&R, Joint Venture - General Contractor
    • Subcontractors:
      • Vegetation Control Service, Inc.
      • J. R. Vinagro Corporation
      • Bell Traffic Signal Maintenance, Inc.
      • Liddell Brothers, Inc.
      • United Stone and Site, Inc.
      • H&A Steel LLC
      • Brighter Horizons Environmental, Inc.
      • Northern Tree Service, Inc.
      • EDM Construction, Inc.
  • Regina Villa Associates, Inc. - Public Outreach

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