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Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project

Design & Construction

Construction Updates

The schedule for this major infrastructure project is subject to change without notice. All lane restrictions and closures, and construction activities are weather dependent. As is typical with most large construction projects, work may sometimes take place without prior notice.

The following construction activities on the Project are planned through Spring and Summer 2018

  • Complete construction of the Shared Use Path on the Northbound Span
  • Installation of protective screens and interpretive sign panels along the shared use path
  • Installation of Lighting, Overhead Signage, and ITS infrastructure
  • Milling and Paving of NB and SB mainline, from Route 113 through Route 110 Interchange
  • Milling and Paving of the exit 58 interchange ramps and route 110 from Rabbit Road to Clarks Road
  • Painting of the superstructure steel connections at Whittier bridge, Pine Hill road and route 110 overpasses
  • Final removals of the former Whittier bridge piers
  • Final restoration of construction staging areas

Opening of fourth lane planned for this summer

The contractor is working two shifts Mondays through Saturdays, weather permitting. Once the shared use path barrier is complete, MassDOT plans to open both NB and SB lanes to their four lane configuration this summer. Following installation of the protective screen, MassDOT anticipates opening the shared use path at summer’s end.

Construction and Traffic Impacts

MassDOT understands the importance of minimizing construction impacts. Traffic management plans were developed in close consultation with local officials to reduce impacts to local roads resulting from the construction. The traffic management and sequencing plans account for peak travel times for this area, especially summer weekends. The contractor will maintain three lanes of traffic on I-95 in the peak commuting directions during peak travel periods. There are occasional exceptions for lane shifts and short duration work zones that can be accommodated during off-peak traffic hours, where lane reductions may be implemented.

MassDOT announces all lane closures and other significant traffic impacts on this website and through project update emails. Additionally, signage on I-95 encourages through traffic to stay on the highway. Signal timing on local roads may be adjusted, if necessary. Traffic will be monitored on local roadways to lessen impacts on the communities and local businesses. Signal timing will be modified to keep traffic moving on local streets as well. The Contractor will maintain the U.S. Coast Guard channel for boaters and a Notice to Boaters is published at the start of each season with radio hailing information to reach local harbormasters. The notice is also distributed to local marine industry business, including marinas and launch sites.

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