Friday, July 26, 2013

Repair work begins on Longfellow Bridge, detours in effect


A Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT) project to repair and renovate the Longfellow Bridge began July 20. Detours and revised traffic routes will be implemented during the span of the three-and-a-half-year project, which is expected to address the bridge’s current structural deficiencies and bring it up to modern code. Often referred to as the Salt and Pepper Bridge, the connector joins Cambridge Street in Boston with Main Street in Cambridge and carries the MBTA Red Line.

Now through September 2014, traffic has been reduced to one inbound lane, from Cambridge into Boston. Cambridge-bound traffic is detoured from Charles Circle to Land Boulevard using Leverett Circle and Monsignor O’Brien Highway. This is expected to affect traffic near the MGH, including the off-ramps from Route 93 to Leverett Circle.

According to the DOT, a single lane for vehicle travel to Boston, MBTA Red Line service in both directions, and access for emergency vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians will be maintained throughout construction. However, the project also includes the replacement of the Red Line tracks, and that work is scheduled to take place on 25 weekends over the course of the entire rehabilitation timeline. During these weekend diversions, buses will replace Red Line trains, carrying passengers between Kendall/MIT Station and Park Street Station with a stop at the Charles/MGH Station. These diversion weekends currently are scheduled for Aug. 10-11, Aug. 24-25, Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3. 

For more information on the project and traffic management plans, visit
For questions or to report issues and concerns related to construction, call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email to receive project updates and meeting notices.

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