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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 a third shift which goes from 11:00PM to 7:00AM. All work will take place within the footprint of the bridge and will address placement of the sheave or lifting wheel within the Quincy Tower. This is not a significant noise generating operation. To receive advance notice regarding additional shifts, please sign up for project emails. Work will not take place on December 25th in recognition of Christmas Day.

Construction Underway

Over the next several weeks, work will continue on the replacement of the Fore River Bridge concentrating on the erection of the bridge's towers. At the Quincy Tower, work will focus on the installation of mullions, stairs, ladders, electrical equipment, and in an important milestone for the project placement of the tower's sheaves. The sheaves are the wheels over which the bridge's steel wire lifting ropes will ultimately pass allowing the lift span to travel up and down the towers. At the Weymouth Tower, work will address installation of machine room components, bolting and tensioning the tower's steel, placement of floor frames, floors, and counterweight guide rails and taking preparatory steps for the installation of this tower's sheaves.

Off the bridge on the Quincy shore, excations for and installation of telephone duct banks will take place. Likewise maintenance on the temporary bridge such as lubrication of operating components will be ongoing. In the Fore River Shipyard, sheaves will arrive by barge, be prepared for installation, and floated up the river for lifting into the towers.

Area residents are reminded that worker parking has been provided at 40 Cleverly Court, in the Fore River shipyard or elsewhere within the MassDOT right-of-way or easements.  As such, worker parking will not impact public streets now or at any point during the project.

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The photograph at right shows the progress made at the Quincy tower location where erection has progressed to the point that the tower's sheaves can be positioned in the machine room at the top of the structure. Additional work ongoing at this location includes installation of access stairs and ladders and electrical gear.

Quincy Tower Location 12-8-15

 

On the Weymouth side of the river, progress is ongoing on the bridge's east tower. Work here includes steel erection, placement floor supports, floors, and machinery. Preparatory steps for installation of this tower's sheaves are likewise underway.

 

Weymouth Tower Location 12-2-15

In addition to the information provided on this page, the project team has provided a 3-week schedule for the period from December 2nd to December 25th.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.

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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