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This section of the website will be updated throughout the project to provide users with an approximate two-week preview of upcoming construction and changes to the way in which drivers experience moving through the project area. Unforeseen emergencies or weather events may have an impact on the schedule.  A general timeline of the project is also provided to give users a sense of how the job will unfold between now and 2016.

A project hotline (617-504-2924) is available for members of the community with an immediate question or concern about a specific construction activity at the Fore River site. This telephone number is staffed whenever construction activities are in progress.  

Third Shift Status

The project is currently running on a normal, two shift schedule. To receive advance notice regarding additional shifts, please sign up for project emails.

Construction Underway - Preparing for a Major Progress Marker

As of the week of August 8th, the Fore River Bridge replacement project team is preparing for a major progress marker for the job. On Monday, August 15th, the lifting span which will travel up and down between the bridge's towers to allow for the passage of ships, will leave the Fore River Shipyard where it was constructed, travel along the Fore River by barge, and be lifted into position on the bridge. At present, it is anticipated that this activity with take place between 11AM and 1PM on Monday the 15th, however, this operation is highly weather dependent. If adverse conditions are present at the projected time, then the float-in will be delayed to the next high tide.

During the float-in process, the Fore River navigation channel will be closed to all vessels not engaged in the construction process. Mariners should note that the channel restriction granted to the project by the United States Coast Guard extends to August 18th to provide several high tide cycles in case of adverse weather on the 15th.

Vehicular traffic on Route 3A will not be impacted by the operation.

Some key characteristics of the lift span include the following:

  • The span is 324 feet long, 78.5 feet wide, and tapers from 43.5 feet tall at its center line to 33.5 feet at either end.
  • At the time of float-in, the span will weigh 2.9 million pounds. Elements that will be added to it once positioned on the bridge will raise its weight to 5.1 million pounds.
  • As many as five tugboats will be used to shift the barge carrying the lifting span into position.
  • The new lifting span will ultimately allow the Fore River's navigation channel to admit taller vessels when the bridge is in the closed position translating to fewer delays for area motorists, and wider vessels, giving them a greater factor of safety when transiting the channel.
  • The project has also provided a fact sheet about the float-in process for those interested in it.

Over the next several weeks, operations at the Fore River site will focus in the following areas:

  • At the Quincy Tower: component testing, painting of the tower, installation of elevators, installation of aviation lights, and work on the roadway through the tower.
  • Along the Quincy Approach: tensioning girder bolts, taking preparatory steps to pouring the deck, and installation of cables.
  • At the Weymouth Tower: painting of the tower, installation of aviation lights, installation of main and auxilliary wire ropes, and inspection of electrical components.
  • Along the Weymouth Approach: installation of approach girders, preassembling approach supports, and installing phase one decking.

Lubrication and maintenance of the temporary bridge during off-peak hours will be ongoing as needed and appropriate.

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The photograph at right shows the the progress on the Weymouth approach. Visible in the center of the image are the girders which will support the roadway between the bridge's abutment, in the background at center, and the tower at front left.




This image shows current progress on the Quincy side approach. Here, steel reinforcing bars can be seen laid on top of girders which mirror those in the Weymouth approach photograph above. Eventually, these reinforcing bars will be encased in concrete forming the approach deck.




In addition to the information provided on this page, the project team has provided a 3-week schedule for the period from August 15th to September 2nd.Users are reminded that this schedule is meant to be a flexible planning document and is subject to change based on: job site conditions, delivery schedules, ongoing design efforts, and conditions beyond the control of the project team such as extreme weather.

As the job continues, and larger permanent bridge components continue arriving at the site, the project team has and will continue to take advantage of deliveries by water and rail to help minimize neighborhood and traffic impacts.  However, some materials are arriving at the work site on trucks.  These vehicles will travel via Route 3, and depending on the time of day Howard Street, East Howard Street, and South Street or Union Street, Quincy Avenue and East Howard Street to Route 3A. This is the only anticipated traffic impact associated with this phase of construction.  If you believe that you have seen an off-route truck, please call the project hotline at 617-504-2924. We ask that you have the truck's license number so that we may identify if it is associated with this job. Parking for workers is provided at 40 Cleverly Court, in the Fore River Shipyard, or elsewhere within the MassDOT right-of-way. As such, worker parking will not impact public streets during the project.

Motorists are reminded that partial closures of the temporary bridge associated with the structure's maintenance will continue throughout the construction period, but are independent of the construction process.

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