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about the projectsPROGRESS 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 a single shift schedule of 7:00AM to 3:30PM. 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.

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 with the previous view obtained in early October, work on the tower has progressed with more of the tower's distinctive "chevrons" in place. Below the first chevron, viewers can see bridge control room's eventual location. Substantial progress is also visible at the Quincy outboard (harbor side of the bridge) dolphin.

At the west approach, the approach walls are being backfilled. Further to the west at the rotary in Quincy, installation of drainage structures is ongoing.

 

Quincy Tower Location 11-17-14

 

On the Weymouth side of the river, progress is ongoing on the bridge's east tower. In contrast with the prior image obtained at this location, the tower plinths have been stained to match those at the Quincy location. Progress on the fender system which protects the bridge's towers from impacts from ships is also visible. As at the Quincy approach, the approach walls are being backfilled over the next several weeks.

 

Weymouth Tower Location 11-17-14

 

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 this image, the lifting truss has taken on its final shape, however, many components remain to be installed. Over the next several weeks, stringers will be added to the span to support the roadway deck.

 

Fore River Shipyard 11-17-14

In addition to the information provided on this page, the project team has provided a 3-week schedule for the period from November 15 to November 28. 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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