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Commonwealth Ave Construction Impacts Traffic from July 26- August 11, 2018

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Please note that MassDOT is implementing a construction shut down on Thursday, July 26 through Saturday, August 11, 2018. During this time, Commonwealth Avenue will be closed to vehicles from Kenmore Square to Brighton Ave/Packard’s Corner. This road closure is due to the replacement of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge above the Mass Turnpike by state transportation officials. In addition to road closures, the Mass Pike, Bus Routes 47 and CT2, the Commuter Rail Worcester Line, and Amtrak's Lake Shore route will also be impacted.

The NECO Center for Eye Care at Commonwealth Avenue will be open during this time, though patients should allow extra travel time during this period.  Car access will remain on Dummer Street in Brookline, which runs parallel to Commonwealth Ave and provides the back entrance to the building.  During construction, entrances will also still be accessible to patients on Pleasant Street and Commonwealth Ave.  

The MassDOT website shares the following information:  (source: MassDOT)

Stage 4 (2018 Construction Shutdown): July 26 - August 11

This phase includes the replacement of the Commonwealth Avenue westbound portion of the bridge deck. It will last 15½ days with the following impacts:

  • Commonwealth Avenue will be closed for 15½ days to through vehicular traffic between Packard’s Corner and Kenmore Square (local access only). Access will be maintained for patrons of businesses, residents, MBTA buses, emergency services, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
  • The Boston University (BU) Bridge will be closed for 15½ days to all general traffic. Access will be maintained for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • I-90 (Mass Pike) in Boston between the Allston Interchange and the Beacon Street Overpass will be reduced to 1 or 2 lanes in both directions for 9½ days. The I-90 East on-ramp from Cambridge Street/Soldiers Field Road will be closed this entire period. The Exit 20 off-ramp from I-90 West (to Brighton/Cambridge/Storrow Drive) will be closed intermittently.
  • The MBTA Green B Line will be replaced with shuttle buses between Babcock Street and Blandford Street Stations for 15 days.
  • The MBTA CT2 and 47 Bus Routes will be detoured from the normal routes for 15 days.
  • The MBTA Commuter Rail Framingham/Worcester Line and Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited Line will be impacted for two weekends. Normal service will be in place on weekdays.
  • See the Traffic Management page for more details and detour routes.

To help during this time, we’d like to share some resources about moving around during that time from the MASS DOT website.

See map below for the detour map during this time.  Select the map for a downloadable PDF.

map showing car and truck detour for Comm Ave closing

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