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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.  This brief video provides a general sense of how the project will be constructed.  The timeline shown in the film should be considered to be approximate.  A general timeline of the project is also provided to give users a sense of how the job will unfold between now and 2016.

During the summer of 2014, there will be periodic lane closures to facilitate the installation of utilities. Lane closures will take place outside of peak commuting periods and will not have an impact on MBTA ferry operations. Additional updates regarding lane closures will be made available through this website. You may also wish to join our stakeholder database to receive project information.  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

As of the week of September 29th, the third shift associated with the installation of the Quincy approach micro-piles has concluded. The project is now running on a normal, two shift schedule of 7:00AM to 11:00PM. As has been stated in public information meetings and on this website, a third shift which puts the job into 24-hour operation is sometimes a project requirement. To receive advance notice regarding third shifts, please sign up for project emails.

Construction Underway

Over the next several weeks, work will continue on the Fore River Bridge Replacement Project with installation of the permanent bridge components moving ahead. As residents, abutters, and regular commuters will have noted, the steel legs of the Quincy tower continue to progress upward from the concrete plinths. Over the next several weeks, this trend will continue with periodic adjustments to ensure that the tower remains plumb (straight up and down) as it grows. Work on the Quincy approach walls, and the dolphin and fender system will likewise continue. On the Weymouth side of the river, the approach drilled shafts have been completed as have the concrete plinths. The next major focus in this area will be steel erection for the Weymouth tower. In the Fore River Shipyard, the bridge's lifting span continues to progress.

Important work related to the bridge's construction is also taking place outside of the immediate work zone. This month's update also includes materials addressing improvements at the intersection of Quincy Avenue and Howard Street.

Motorists are reminded that temporary work zones have been established on the North and South Frontage Road around the Quincy approach ramp. Traffic impacts will be minimal and Frontage Road access will be facilitated by Quincy police details. The Frontage Road work zones will allow excavation for footing extensions followed by the installation of rebar dowels and eventually the widening of the footing which supports the Quincy approach ramp wing walls.

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. As compared to last month's view when the first vertical steel elements had just been put into position, this view obtained during the week of September 15th shows the first of the tower's distinctive "chevrons" in place.

Work on the dolphin and fender system on the Quincy side of the bridge is continuing. At the west approach, work on the approach walls is also ongoing.

 

Quincy Tower Location 8-7-14

 

On the Weymouth side of the river, progress is ongoing on the bridge's east tower. As of mid-September, the tower's concrete plinths have been completed and will be stained to match the shade of the Quincy plinth. The drilled shafts for the Weymouth approach has also been completed. On the Weymouth side of the channel progress continues on the north dolphin where rubber bumpers to protect the structure from damage by passing ships have been installed.

 

Weymouth Tower Location 9-25-14

 

In the Fore River Shipyard, steel elements for the bridge's lifting span continue to arrive on site. Layout and assembly of these sections is ongoing. In contrast with the August image, substantially more of the lifting span has been completed and is visible. When complete, the lifting span will be placed on a barge and floated into position.

 

Fore River Shipyard 8-7-14

 

Important work related to the Fore River Bridge reconstruction is also taking place off-site. In this image, users can see a view of the cemented masonry wall recently completed to support the new alignment of East Howard Street.

 

East Howard Street Wall 9-25-14
Also at the intersection of Quincy Avenue and Howard Street, this image shows backfill behind the retaining wall show above as well as the excavation of the existing pavement and base of East Howard Street. Also visible are utility poles and a fire hydrant which will be moved as part of improvements at this location

East Howard Street Relocation 9-25-14

This third off-site image shows the new curb and sidewalk grading currently ongoing at the southwest corner of Quincy Avenue and West Howard Street. Once the sidewalk grading is completed, the contractor will install new sidewalks and landscaping. In this image, the roadway has been paved to an intermediate course. This will eventually be topped with a surface coat of asphalt for a smooth riding surface.

East Howard Street Paving 9-25-14

In addition to the information provided on this page, the project team has provided a 3-week schedule for the period from September 24 to October 17. 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 progresses, and larger permanent bridge components continue arriving at the site, the project team expects 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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