Beginning April 1, 2019, MassDOT will undertake work on the Tobin Bridge / Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project, including lane reductions. These reductions will begin on April 1 northbound and will extend to include southbound in late April/early May. Combined, these structures carry more than 63,000 drivers on Route 1 through Chelsea and over the Mystic River into Boston. Though they are safe to drive on, both are in critical need of repair. MassDOT is carrying out work along both sections of Route 1 at the same time so that these projects will be completed in 2021, and without the need for weight restrictions and postings.
Completion of this necessary project will ensure that the elevated section of Route 1 can continue to carry passenger and freight traffic safely and efficiently and eliminate 15% of the structurally deficient bridge deck in Massachusetts, but construction of this nature has inevitable traffic impacts. MassDOT encourages you to leave more time for your trip, exercise caution while traversing the work zone, and if possible, divert to an alternate route or mode of travel in and out of downtown Boston.
To ensure that North Shore commuters have ample opportunity to learn about this project and plan for anticipated impacts, MassDOT will host a series of six public information meetings in the region. Please share these dates and locations with your friends, neighbors, coworkers anyone you think would benefit from the information. All meetings begin at 6PM.
March 18th Wilmington Town Hall, 121 Glen Road, Wilmington
March 19th Ipswich Town Hall, 25 Green Street, Ipswich
March 20th Peabody City Hall, 24 Lowell Street, Peabody
March 21st Saugus Town Hall, 298 Central Street, Saugus
March 25th Newburyport City Hall, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport
March 26th Andover Public Safety Building, 32 North Main Street, Andover
To be added to the project email list for updates, please visit the project website at https://www.mass.gov/tobin-bridgechelsea-curves-rehabilitation-project or contact Donny Dailey, MassDOT Government and Public Affairs, at Tobin-Chelsea@dot.state.ma.us
For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are encouraged to:
Visit www.mbta.com/tobinbridge for North Shore transit options
Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
Check parking availability at the Ts 8 largest garages @MBTA_Parking.
Download MassDOTs GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.