PROGRESS REPORT/THE VIEW AHEAD
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 an extended double shift schedule of 7:00AM to 1:30AM. As has been stated in public information meetings and on this website, sometimes a second and even third shift which puts the job into 24-hour operation is sometimes a project requirement. The second shift involves the installation of equipment in the bridge's control and electrical rooms. No work is being performed beyond the footprint of the towers as part of the second shift. To receive advance notice regarding additional shifts, please sign up for project emails. Work will not take place on October 12th in recognition of Columbus Day.
Over the next several weeks, work will continue on the Fore River Bridge Replacement Project with installation of the permanent bridge components moving ahead. With fall now underway, both towers continue to grow in height and complexity with new machinery being installed. In the month ahead, project team members will continue to erect the towers making periodic adjustments to ensure that the structures remain plumb (straight up and down) as they grow. Work is also underway inside the towers including work on stairs elevators, and supports for equipment and rooms.
Off the bridge, on the Weymouth shore, framework, reinforcing steel (rebar), and concrete will be placed for the Weymouth approach structure. Drainage elements will also be installed. In early October, the bridge's sheaves, large wheels over which the lifting span's cables will eventually pass, will arrive in the Fore River Shipyard and work will begin to ready them for installation in 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.
In addition to the information provided on this page, the project team has provided a 3-week schedule for the period from September 23 to October 16.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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