Drivers told ‘avoid’ Pike during work

Sunday, 30 July 2017, 04:50:50 PM. Boston drivers traveling on the Massachusetts Turnpike today can expect a slow slog as state transportation crews continue the expedited repair and replacement of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, transportation officials are warning.The Massachusetts Department of Transportation yesterday began demolishing the eastbound section of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge that spans Interstate 90 and the

Boston drivers traveling on the Massachusetts Turnpike today can expect a slow slog as state transportation crews continue the expedited repair and replacement of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, transportation officials are warning.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation yesterday began demolishing the eastbound section of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge that spans Interstate 90 and the railroad tracks in Boston.

The construction resulted in a two-mile backup yesterday afternoon on I-90 eastbound yesterday, which had one lane of traffic stretching to Exit 18 in Allston.

Two lanes will be open in each direction on I-90 for tomorrow morning’s commute — but traffic officials urged commuters to take alternative routes, warning of 90-minute delays between 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Normally, there are four lanes open in each direction.

After 7 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends, there will be three lanes open.

Mary Maguire, spokeswoman for AAA, advised commuters to carpool, ride a bike or take the MBTA to avoid the impending congestion.

“Avoid the area,” Maguire said. “Try to adjust your work schedule. There is no doubt this bridge construction needs to be done. Obviously, it creates inconvenience. We need to improve our infrastructure. In the long run, it’ll make more a better and safer commute.”

“For several months, Mass DOT has strongly advised drivers to be mindful of congestion along I-90 and throughout the Commonwealth Avenue/Boston University region as this project impacts every mode of transportation,” said Patrick Marvin, Mass DOT spokesman.

“The public is encouraged to consider alternate forms of transportation including the Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail line if they travel into Boston from points west, give themselves extra time to reach their destination, and make informed decisions using all the available travel resources.”

The MBTA commuter rail and Amtrak are scheduled to run a normal weekday service using tracks under the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, Mass DOT said.

The eastbound part of the project is expected to finish by Aug. 14.

The bridge’s westbound section is slated to be replaced during summer 2018.

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