NEW I-495 LOWELL BRIDGES TO BE PLACED IN SERVICE
Construction work on the I-495 Lowell Bridge Bundle to shift northbound traffic to a new lane alignment was completed during the overnight hours of Halloween weekend.
All three northbound travel lanes will be shifted onto the new bridges crossing the Concord River, MBTA Commuter Rail Lowell Line, and Woburn Street. The contra-flow lane which has been carrying the third lane of northbound traffic along the southbound side of the highway will be taken out of service as it is no longer required. Moving traffic to the new bridge segments represents the beginning of the shift from the project’s second phase to its third. The third phase, which begins the replacement of the southbound bridges, is currently expected to commence in mid-November. In the interim, crews will construct the necessary components for the contra-flow lane that will be used along the northbound side of the highway to carry one lane of southbound traffic during the next phase. Updates will be made available to the traveling public and surrounding communities once an exact date has been set.
NORTHBOUND CONTRA-FLOW LANE COMES OUT OF SERVICE
Drivers should note that throughout the remainder of construction on the overall project, the existing northbound breakdown lane will serve as an active travel lane and a breakdown lane will not be available through the limits of construction. MassDOT recommends that drivers plan ahead and allow extra time for trips through the work zonet. Drivers are reminded to reduce speed and use caution while traveling through the site.
Replacement of the six bridges in the I-495 Lowell Bridge Bundle is taking place under the Patrick-Murray Administrations historic Accelerated Bridge Program, an eight year, $3 Billion plan to repair or replace structurally deficient bridges throughout the Commonwealth. For more information about the I-495 Lowell Bridge Bundle, visit www.mass.gov/massdot/495bridgebundle