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August 22
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10 Park Plaza
Second Floor Board Room
Boston, MA 02150
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Route 2/Crosby's Corner
Lane Closures

MassDOT has announced lane closures for the
Route 2/Crosby's Corner
Reconstruction Project
beginning on
Sunday, August 21.

August 21 to September 3
daily lane closures will occur along the eastbound side of Route 2 between
9:30 AM and 5:30 PM.

On the westbound side,
lane closures will occur from
6:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

View the entire Crosby’s Corner Lane Closures blog post.

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August 19, 2016

Longfellow Bridge: Final "Salt and Pepper" Tower Capstone Placed

MassDOT announced that the final capstone for the iconic “salt and pepper” towers of the historic Longfellow Bridge was placed on the downstream Boston tower on Monday, August 15, 2016. The downstream Cambridge tower was capped on Thursday, August 4.

tower construction

With the final tower capstone in place, the remaining work includes installing new and restored exterior windows, doors, and light fixtures, as well as interior railings, stairs, and lighting. This final work on the towers will be completed in late 2017.

Completed restoration of the 58-foot towers marks a major milestone for MassDOT’s bridge rehabilitation project. The project will improve accommodations for all modes of travel and provide a bridge that meets modern standards and the public’s needs for years to come, while preserving its historical significance.

The process to remove, restore, and replace the towers began in March 2014 with the removal and dismantling of the upstream towers. They were replaced in winter 2015. The downstream towers were removed in July 2015.

During the restoration, MassDOT’s design/build contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC), carefully logged the location and condition of each tower’s 515 granite stones and removed them for cleaning and restoration. The restoration includes measures to strengthen each tower to meet current seismic requirements.

"Replacement of the final two salt and pepper towers is another great milestone towards completing the Longfellow Bridge reconstruction project in 2018," said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “These two towers join the remaining two to create one of the city’s most beautiful and majestic landmarks."

For more information, visit the Longfellow Bridge Project website.

Methuen Rotary Update: Route 110/113 Realignment August 20

MassDOT has announced that Route 110/113 traffic will be realigned to travel under the newly constructed I-93 bridge in Methuen on Saturday August 20, 2016.

The existing rotary will no longer be in use as of August 20, 2016.

Westbound traffic on Route 110/113 traveling to I-93 southbound will enter the I-93 southbound on-ramp through a temporary, signalized intersection on the west side of the new bridge. Traffic exiting I-93 northbound and traveling to the west will enter Route 110/113 through a temporary, signalized intersection at the base of the northbound off-ramp. Signage will be installed along the corridor and at the new ramps to direct traffic through the new Route 110/113 alignment. Variable message signs will be positioned prior to the realignment to alert the public of the upcoming traffic change.

The realignment and ramp connections described above will allow construction of the remaining changes to the interchange ramp system to be completed. Once that work is completed, the temporary traffic signals will be removed.

A map of the new traffic configuration in effect August 20 can be found on the Traffic Advisories page.

The schedule for this major infrastructure project is subject to change without notice.

The $66.4 million Methuen Rotary Reconstruction Project is replacing the existing rotary with a partial cloverleaf interchange to improve safety and reduce congestion.

Cape Flyer to Cape Cod Announces Sunday Savings Fares

The CapeFLYER weekend train to Cape Cod is announcing Summer Sunday Savings Fares of $15 for the last three weeks of the 2016 season.

cape flyer train

The tickets, which are good for Round-trip same day travel on Sunday, August 21, August 28 and September 4 only, will be available for purchase exclusively at the MBTA Commuter Rail ticket office at South Station. These special tickets are not available on board the train or through the mTicket app.

Skip the traffic and take the train!

Visit the CapeFLYER website

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