Boston bridges reopen, easing commuter woes

The Boston Herald
August 12. 2018 9:01PM

Massachusetts transportation officials have announced the reopening of two bridges in a busy area of Boston, meeting an expected deadline.

State Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver says the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge opened to traffic at 5 a.m. Saturday, with all lanes on the Boston University Bridge opening by noon.

More than two weeks of almost continuous construction has caused major disruptions in the area.

Crews demolished portions of the westbound side of the Commonwealth Avenue bridge for the replacement project and put in new steel beams. The bridge now has a 17-foot-wide sidewalk and a bike lane.

By midday Saturday, all lanes on the BU Bridge were reopened, according to MassDOT.

Gulliver thanked commuters for their continued patience in a statement.

“For the second year in a row, people who could stay away did and we greatly appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding,” Gulliver said. “While some finish work is left to be done, and additional traffic impacts may occur in off-peak hours, the public can now travel through this area and life can get back to normal for local residents and business owners.”

MassDOT officials advise members of the public to continue to use caution in the days and weeks ahead, since sidewalk completion, final pavements and markings may require a lane closure on the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge in periods of low-volume travel.

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