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Green Line Extension Workshops

Posted by Kate Fichter, Green Line Extension Project Manager

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far in the Station Design Workshop process. The Workshops are an excellent way for you to participate in the design of the future Green Line Extension stations, and an excellent way for the Green Line Extension team to hear directly from the public.

Please continue to participate in the upcoming Workshop:
June 29th
6PM – 8PM
Kennedy/Longfellow School
158 Spring Street Cambridge

All Workshop locations are accessible by MBTA bus service (see for more information). For language or access accommodations, please email Beverley Johnson or contact her by phone at (617) 296-7003.

Take the T: Enjoy Birding

Many people may assume you need a car to witness nature’s wonders in the city of Boston, but you’d be surprised at how many birding locations are accessible by T.

Even if most of your day is spent walking between buildings, nature is never far away. Check out more Massachusetts Outdoor Events on The Great Outdoors interactive Google Calendar.

View the complete "Birding" blog post

The Road to Reform

Wellesley Route 9 "Heavy Lift" Bridge Project: July 1

MassDOT will begin demolition work on the Cedar Street Bridge over Route 9 in Wellesley on July 1, 2011. This "Heavy Lift" project is being undertaken as part of the Patrick-Murray Accelerated Bridge Program and will replace the entire Cedar Street Bridge in a single weekend.

On Friday, July 1 at 10 PM, MassDOT will close the portion of Route 9 and Cedar Street within the work area, demolish the existing superstructure, and move the new replacement superstructure into place with special remote-controlled machines, all within a 72-hour time period. The replacement superstructure is being built in the work area immediately northeast of the existing bridge and entirely outside of the roadway.

Detours will be in place during the process from July 1, 2011 at 10 PM to July 4, 2011 at 10 PM.

Route 9 Detour - Westbound traffic will be routed onto the exit ramp off Route 9, cross Cedar Street and take the entrance ramp back onto Route 9 just west of the existing bridge. Eastbound traffic will follow the east bound exit ramp onto Worcester Street, cross Cedar Street and re-enter Route 9 via the entrance ramp east of the bridge.

Cedar Street Detour- Southbound traffic travelling on Cedar Street will turn right onto Route 9 westbound and reverse direction at the next intersection, returning to Cedar Street south of the work zone via the exit ramp. Northbound traffic travelling on Cedar Street will enter Route 9 eastbound and reverse direction at the next intersection, returning to Cedar Street north of the work zone via the exit ramp.

During the weekend work, MassDOT’s contractor will provide shuttle service to pedestrians crossing Route 9 via Cedar Street. For more information on the project, please see the project website.

Medford I-93: 1st Weekend Bridge Replacement This Weekend

Work crews will continue the series of rapid bridge superstructure replacements on I-93 in Medford beginning today, Friday, June 24th at 8:00 PM and continuing through Monday, June 27th at 5:00 AM. This weekend’s locations involve the bridge on I-93 North over Valley Street/ Route 28 South (Fellsway) and the center portion of the bridge on I-93 North over the Mystic River.

Throughout the course of the weekend, traffic on I-93 will be limited to two lanes in each direction over a 6-mile segment between Exit 28 (Sullivan Square) in Somerville and Exit 36 (Montvale Avenue) in Stoneham. Traffic on I-93 North will be directed through a median crossover near the Somerville/Medford line and then travel in counter-flow operation on the southbound barrel of the highway before traveling through a second median crossover near Spot Pond in Stoneham. I-93 directional traffic will be separated by a moveable "zipper lane" barrier. Access to and from many of the ramps on I-93 North in this area will be restricted.

The $98.1 million project to replace these fourteen bridge superstructures in Medford is funded through the Patrick-Murray Administration’s historic Accelerated Bridge Program, a $3 billion recovery effort to reduce the Commonwealth’s backlog of structurally-deficient bridges.

For more information or to sign up to receive future updates and schedule information, visit the project's website at

Chelsea Street Bridge Project Advances

The signature $125 million Chelsea Street Bridge project in June has moved into the demolition process of the existing bridge and construction of the remaining portions of the new lift structure. To allow for the work, the Chelsea Street Bridge over Chelsea Creek at the Boston/Chelsea line is closed until Thursday, December 1st. Detours are in place.

In the view at left from atop the new structure's south tower, the three fixed spans of the old bridge on the Chelsea side are demolished and gone. The existing piers will be retrofitted with a crane rail system to advance the new truss, seen at upper right, to the channel edge prior to launching the truss and raising it to the up position for marine traffic.

The Chelsea Street Bridge project involves the replacement of a truss-type structure that spans 450 feet and will provide 175 feet of vertical clearance when raised. The new bridge will provide for four lanes of traffic two pedestrian sidewalks. The project is scheduled to be completed in spring 2012

MassDOT July Public Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its next regular public business meeting on Wednesday, July 13, 1:00pm, MBTA Board Room, Suite 3910, State Transportation Building, Boston.

The MBTA Board will meet first at 1pm, followed by the MassDOT Board. All meetings are open to the public.

The meeting schedule is available on the MassDOT website.