New Washington Avenue Bridge Reopened September 14, 2016
Chelsea's Washington Avenue Bridge, originally closed in May 2015, reopened to two-way traffic on September 14, 2016. The bridge, which spans the existing commuter rail line and planned busway, was determined to be "functionally obsolete." The completion of the new bridge was a major milestone for the Silver Line Gateway Project. The new bridge provides clearance for the commuter rail and two planned busway lanes to pass beneath it.
The replacement bridge was designed and constructed to the latest MassDOT Bridge Standards. It consists of two 11-foot travel lanes, a 4-foot shoulder on the east side, an 8-foot parking lane on the west side, and 9-foot sidewalks on both sides. McCourt Construction Company, the General Contractor, began construction in early 2015. The bridge, which was constructed in two stages, was closed in May 2015, and partially opened to emergency vehicles in January 2016. Construction has been substantially completed as of September 7, 2016. The bridge was initially to be closed for a period of not more than 700 days, and it was completed approximately 220 days ahead of schedule.
MassDOT thanks the City of Chelsea and community residents and businesses for their patience and understanding during the bridge closure and for the next few months. The sidewalk on the west side will remain closed while final elements are being constructed.
Conversion of Arlington Street and Sixth Street to One-Way
Phase 1 of the Silver Line Gateway Project includes construction of a dedicated busway extending from Everett Avenue to Eastern Avenue. The busway requires changes to intersections at Everett Avenue, Spruce Street, Eastern Avenue and Arlington Street/Sixth Street.
To reduce potential conflicts of turning movements within the 6-legged intersection of Arlington Street, Sixth Street and the Busway, both Arlington Street north of the intersection and Sixth Street east of the intersection have been converted to one-way:
- Arlington Street is now one-way from Sixth Street to Heard Street
- Sixth Street is now one-way from Arlington Street to Washington Avenue
The one-way conversion on Arlington Street and Sixth Street occurred on August 23, 2016. View the One-Way Circulation Map in English or Map in Spanish for details.