Nearly a month after Massport reopened the Tobin Bridge's Beacon Street Ramp with limited vehicle access, officials report positive traffic results.
Since August 6, access to the ramp has been limited to private passenger vehicles, taxis, buses and commercial vehicles under eight tons, as a safety measure for neighborhood residents. Larger vehicles are being directed into Chelsea by Truck Detour signage located on all major Tobin Bridge access and egress roads including Routes 93, 99, 16 and 60.
"The drivers of vehicles over eight tons are getting the message, " said Mary Jane O'Meara, director of the Tobin Bridge. "Fewer than 200 large trucks have been stopped by police for using the Beacon Street ramp during this period."
Prior to Massport limiting access, up to 1,000 trucks used the ramp daily before it was closed in May. In addition to signage to get the message out, Massport provided handouts with access details and maps of alternative routes to drivers, trucking companies and freight carriers.
Massport is conducting a three-month trial period which is being monitored 24-hours by State and local police. The traffic plan is subject to change based on community safety and needs.
"We are adding more signage including a reflective sign on the bridge, 400 feet from the ramp exit, warning of a stop light at the base," said O'Meara.
Additional advisory yellow signs, to distinguish them from construction signs, also will be installed along Route I 93 North.