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Welcome and thank you for visiting the project website for the Fore River Bridge Replacement Project. The project is underway with final design complete. This project began in fall 2012 and White-Skanska-Koch, a design/build team, under the direction of MassDOT, anticipates completing work in 2018 which involves the replacement of the current temporary Fore River Bridge with a new, permanent, steel vertical lift bridge.

Project Working Hours

Beginning on June 2nd, the project will move to working 2, 10-hour shifts, Monday to Saturday. This change will help speed up the transition from the current temporary bridge to its permanent replacement and lessen the traffic impacts associated with this work. For more information, please see below in "Construction Underway."

Construction Underway - Transitioning to the Permanent Bridge

As of Thursday, August 31st, all traffic is on the new, permanent Fore River Bridge. Efforts to dismantle the old temporary bridge is underway and on schedule. Drivers should anticipate the following:

  • Between August 31st and mid-September 2017: there will be one lane of traffic in each direction on the new, permanent Fore River Bridge. Demolition of the temporary bridge will continue during this time.
  • After mid-September 2017: all four lanes of traffic will open on the new bridge. This represents an improvement of several weeks over the initially planned October 1st, 2017 anticipated date for this condition.

Construction Underway - Traffic Impacts

Crews will conduct overnight milling and paving operations on Route 3A in the area approaching the Fore River Bridge in Quincy (near the Quincy Rotary) beginning on the evening of Thursday, October 4.

Milling work will occur each night from approximately 7 p.m., through 5 a.m., and is currently scheduled to conclude on Friday, October 5. Paving work is then scheduled to take place during overnight hours on Tuesday, October 9, and Wednesday, October 10.

In order to allow crews to safely and effectively conduct operations, traffic impacts including lane restrictions will be in place during these times. The work zone at the Quincy Rotary will be staged to allow traffic to continue to travel east and west on Route 3A (Washington Street). 

Replacement of the Fore River Bridge is a signature project of the Commonwealth's historic Accelerated Bridge Program. The replacement bridge will carry Route 3A, known as Washington Street in Quincy and Bridge Street in Weymouth, over the Fore River.

The project team invites you to peruse the website, discover more about the project; browse the materials developed to support the public involvement process or contact the project's public involvement specialist.

If you have immediate questions or concerns regarding a specific construction activity at the Fore River Bridge site please follow this link for contact information.

Accommodating All Users During Construction

MassDOT understands the importance of the Fore River Bridge to the Route 3A corridor. During much of construction, the temporary bridge can be kept open at full capacity, limiting impacts to commuters and abutters. Any reductions in capacity will take place with significant advanced notice through the methods outlined above and in coordination with the City of Quincy, Town of Weymouth, and MBTA which operates a bus route over the bridge and ferry service beneath it. Access to adjacent businesses will be maintained throughout construction. We urge you to visit the websites of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce and South Shore Chamber of Commerce to learn more about the many businesses near the bridge that will remain open throughout construction.

The agency and its design/build team are also well aware of the Fore River's important role as a working river and will coordinate with the United States Coast Guard and the marine units of Quincy and Weymouth to ensure that waterborne traffic continues to move smoothly throughout the construction process.

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