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about the projectsPROGRESS REPORT/THE VIEW AHEAD

This section of the website will be updated throughout the project to provide users with an approximate two-week preview of upcoming construction and changes to the way in which drivers experience moving through the project area. Unforeseen emergencies or weather events may have an impact on the schedule.  A general timeline of the project is also provided to give users a sense of how the job will unfold between now and 2016.

A project hotline (617-504-2924) is available for members of the community with an immediate question or concern about a specific construction activity at the Fore River site. This telephone number is staffed whenever construction activities are in progress.  

Third Shift Status

The project is currently running twenty hours per day, Monday through Saturday. Work will not take place on Sunday. This extended work schedule is intended to speed up the pace of construction during the shift of traffic from the temporary bridge onto the new permanent structure. As is noted elsewhere on this website, shifting traffic triggers the following restricted lane configurations:

  • From June 2, 2017 to August 31, 2017: one lane in each direction over the temporary Fore River Bridge
  • From September 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017: three lanes over the permanent Fore River Bridge, one towards Boston, one towards the South Shore, and one reversible lane matching the peak direction: towards Boston in the morning, towards the South Shore in the afternoon.
  • Beginning October 1, 2017: four lanes, two in each direction, availble on the permanent Fore River Bridge.

Construction Underway - Week of June 5th

Over the next several weeks, operations at the Fore River site will focus on the following areas:

  • Connecting the new bridge to the approaches:
    • At the Quincy approach span: erection of girders, installation of deck pans, installation of diaphragms, and installation of deck soffit.
    • At the Weymouth approach span: erection of girders, installation of diaphragms, forming the overhang soffit and edge, preparation and placement of deck slabs.
  • Elsewhere on site:
    • At the Quincy Tower: installation of closed circuit television components, painting of the tower, and installation of bird proofing.
    • At the Weymouth Tower: installation of roof drain scuppers, installation of closed circuit television components, painting of the tower, and installation of bird proofing.
    • Along Bridge Street in Weymouth:placement of new sidewalks, barrier removal, installation of drainage, and raising the roadway profile to meet the new bridge.
    • Along Washington Street in Quincy: installation of drainage and raising the roadway profile to meet the new bridge.
    • Roadway lighting will be installed on the lift span of the permanent bridge.
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The photograph at right shows the current view of the approach to the Fore River Bridge from Weymouth. At right, traffic is traveling over the southern half of the temporary Fore River Bridge. Sections of the temporary bridge's northern half have been removed to allow work to progress on connecting the permanent bridge to the approach ramp.

 

Weymouth Approach 6-7-17

 

The photograph at right shows the current view of the approach to the Fore River Bridge from Quincy. At left, traffic is traveling over the southern half of the temporary Fore River Bridge. Sections of the temporary bridge's northern half have been removed to allow work to progress on connecting the permanent bridge to the approach ramp.

 

Quincy Approach 6-7-17

 

In addition to the information provided on this page, the project team has provided a 3-week schedule for the period from June 7 to June 30.Users are reminded that this schedule is meant to be a flexible planning document and is subject to change based on: job site conditions, delivery schedules, ongoing design efforts, and conditions beyond the control of the project team such as extreme weather.

As the job continues, and larger permanent bridge components continue arriving at the site, the project team has and will continue to take advantage of deliveries by water and rail to help minimize neighborhood and traffic impacts.  However, some materials are arriving at the work site on trucks.  These vehicles will travel via Route 3, and depending on the time of day Howard Street, East Howard Street, and South Street or Union Street, Quincy Avenue and East Howard Street to Route 3A. This is the only anticipated traffic impact associated with this phase of construction.  If you believe that you have seen an off-route truck, please call the project hotline at 617-504-2924. We ask that you have the truck's license number so that we may identify if it is associated with this job. Parking for workers is provided at 40 Cleverly Court, in the Fore River Shipyard, or elsewhere within the MassDOT right-of-way. As such, worker parking will not impact public streets during the project.

Motorists are reminded that partial closures of the temporary bridge associated with the structure's maintenance will continue throughout the construction period, but are independent of the construction process.

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