Mass Pike-495 infrastructure upgrade enters construction phase Nov. 28

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BOSTON — Nighttime enchancment crews Shall start placing in short-term obstacles subsequent week alongside the shoulders of the roadmethods shut to the junction of the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 495, as An extfinished-anticipated $466 million infrastructure enchancment enterprise enters its enchancment half.

Barry Lorion, director of the state Dehalfment of Transportation’s Highmethod 3 Division, confirmed final week all by way of a digital discussion board that barrier installment was set To start Monday. The movement gained’t alter the Quantity of lanes out there for motorists.  

“We at MassDOT are assured in our capability To finish this difficult enterprise,” Lorion said. “The enterprise will get rid of the previous toll gross sales space space (on the Pike) and weaving spaces, all the placeas working with A very delicate environmental useful resource space and with neighborhoods shut by.”

The enterprise Requires all ramps Associated to the I-495/I-90 interchange To get changed in such a method as To Scale again crashes, journey time and visitors. The interchange, which straddles the Hopkinton-Westborough line, borders the Roosevelt Farms neighborhood and Whitehall Reservoir. 

Contract accredited: Barletta, O&G and Aetna will replace highmethod lanes and exit ramps at junction of Pike, I-495

Construction and alternative of the ramps will extfinish three-fourths of a mile in every course of the interchange, with Lorion saying the revised roadmethod Shall be “unrecognizable” after enchancment.

The enterprise is scheduled to be accomplished by June 2027, and includes changing all ramps As properly as to bridges over Fruit Road, Flanders Road and over the MBTA. The state is halfnering with enchancment corporations Barletta, O&G and Aetna Bridge Agency, As properly as to design firm VHB.

The interchange is terribly busy, carrying Greater than 75,000 automobiles per day, collectively with about 50% of japanese Massachusetts’ enterprise truck visitors, Based mostly on MassDOT.

Stage 1, which is scheduled to be accomplished Inside The autumn of 2024, Consists of a reworked I-495 northbound, enchancment of The mannequin new Fruit Road bridge (in two levels), and two new ramps between The two highmethods.

“All Of these movements Might have restricted influence on the touring public,” said Donald Cooke, VHB design supervisor, all by way of final week’s meeting. “Barely later this yr and into subsequent yr, You will Begin to see A pair of Of The exact enchancment.”

During Stage 1, the Fruit Road Bridge will maintain two-method visitors by using one lane with visitors alerts. The I-495 bridge over Flanders Road will maintain all three lanes of its journey.

“There Might Even be restricted Evening time or weekfinish closures of Fruit Road or Flanders Road, Which could be communicated to the group Prematurely and relevant detours put into place,” MassDOT officers wrote in A press launch.

The encircling space May even be house to “terribly delicate” wetlands and floodplain spaces, collectively with the Cedar Swamp ACEC, Sudbury River and Whitehall Brook, the place a culvert Shall Get changed as An factor of the enterprise .

“The enterprise goals to maintain away from or reduce influences To these useful assets And current mitigation for any unmaintain away fromable influences,” MassDOT officers wrote. “The enterprise has gone by way of an environmental consider course of and is coordinating with the Dehalfment of Environmental Safety all by way of enchancment.”

Two upcoming conferences — one with Fruit Road neighborhood residents and a design meeting — are scheduled for January. 

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