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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

MBTA Porter Square Station Elevator Improvement Project

Work to Begin April 19th, 2013


Beginning on the evening of Friday April 19th the MBTA’s contractor, Walsh Construction Company, will begin an excavation in the middle of Somerville Avenue at the intersection of Somerville Avenue and White Street. Work will begin in the evening, and continue until complete (about 24 hours).


As part of the elevator improvement project, Walsh Construction Company must remove a temporary access structure to the MBTA Porter Square Station that is located in the middle of Somerville Avenue at the intersection of White Street. This access structure has been utilized over the past 2 years to provide construction access to the new elevator shaft that is being constructed from the mezzanine level of the station down to the Red Line platform.


During the removal of the structure, Somerville Avenue will be restricted to one lane in each direction. Sidewalk and crosswalk areas will be temporarily adjusted as necessary to facilitate construction activities. While sidewalk and plaza work is disruptive, the contractor will work to provide safe access to all properties and the MBTA station during construction, using temporary fencing and ramps, traffic cones, caution tape, and signage. In addition several Police details will be stationed around the work area to assist with pedestrian and traffic flow.


Weather permitting, work will begin at approximately 8PM on Friday April 19th and the removal will proceed continuously around the clock until the structure is removed and the roadway is restored. It is anticipated that it will take approximately 24 hours to complete the removal of the access structure. At the completion of the work, the roadway will be restored to its original condition and all traffic restrictions will be removed.


The MBTA thanks you for your patience and understanding during this necessary work. Please contact Girard Allien, MBTA Resident Engineer, at 617-945-2348 with any questions or concerns.

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