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Monday, November 8, 2010

City Press Release Regarding Craigie Drawbridge Project

LEVERETT CIRCLE BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION FOR MOTORISTS

Construction to Start Nov. 6th

Beginning on November 6th, MassDOT and State officials will begin significant repair and replacement work on the Leverett Circle ("Craigie") Drawbridge, located on Route 28 across the Charles River near the Museum of Science. This project is expected to have effects on traffic in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville. The work, which will be done in three phases (view presentation with details here), is scheduled to last approximately six months (subject to change), and will be ongoing 24/7 through at least April of 2011. During Phases 1 and 3, there will be NO INBOUND traffic allowed on Route 28 past the intersection of Land Blvd. in Cambridge. Two outbound lanes will remain open into Somerville. While the Museum of Science will remain open during this period, all commuters are asked to seek alternate routes, and urged to utilize public transportation where possible. Detour signage will be posted, as will electronic message boards, in various locations.

As a result of anticipated traffic congestion in Somerville that this project will cause, MassDOT will fund a total of seven Somerville Police Details. The Somerville Police Department has arranged to have detail officers placed at the following locations, and the situation will be closely monitored on a daily basis to make changes where necessary:

Broadway and Mount Vernon Street 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Broadway and Cross Street 7:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Prospect Street and Somerville Avenue 7:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Washington Street and Webster Avenue 7:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Somerville Avenue and Medford Street 7:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Beacon Street and Washington Street 7:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.

Additionally, the I-93 ramp in Somerville will be monitored. If conditions warrant, the ramp exiting to Broadway will be closed to prevent gridlock in the East Somerville neighborhood, and traffic will be detoured to Sullivan Square. This solution will only be addressed IF NECESSARY, and can be implemented within a 20 minute timeframe.

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