The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) announced today that starting Wednesday October 3, the Beacon Street off-ramp from the Tobin Memorial Bridge will be closed to traffic to allow for the start of planned rehabilitation work on the lower portion of the off-ramp. This project is part of Massportâ€™s ongoing effort to maintain one of the region's most vital transportation assets. The historic bridge spans the Mystic River, links Chelsea and Charlestown and connects the North Shore with Boston.
The $265,000 project, part of the $5 million Massport will spend on bridge maintenance this year, includes milling and repaving of the lower portion of the Beacon Street off-ramp as well as the removal and replacement of guard rail, catch basins and traffic safety lights. Variable message signs with updated lane closure and merge information will be strategically placed for the public's convenience. The 4th Street Ramp will remain open at all time. Commuters are advised to check traffic advisories and local and major media outlets for lane closure changes and project status reports.
The project is scheduled to begin on Wednesday October 3, and is expected to be ongoing from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, for approximately eight weeks. Residents with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact Massport's Office of Government and Community Affairs at 617-568-3711.
The Tobin Memorial Bridge, at 2¼ miles long is the largest bridge in New England. With three travel lanes northbound on its lower level and three lanes southbound on the upper level, it is the critical link that connects North Shore residents and businesses to the larger economy. Each day 75,000 vehicles travel over the 57-year-old bridge. Tolls collected on the Tobin Bridge support the bridge operation, its annual maintenance program, debt service and future obligations.