Craigie Bridge

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Craigie Drawbridge Will Close Again on Saturday, January 8th

The Craigie Bridge is set to close to inbound traffic again, this time for four months. This means that from Saturday, January 8th until April, traffic from Cambridge bound for Boston will need to find an alternate route. Traffic outbound from Boston into Cambridge, however, will still be able to cross the bridge, as two lanes are open in that direction.

The closure is required for the installation of a new, pre-fabricated bridge to replace the old one. This closure will encompass the final phase of work on the Craigie Bridge.


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More information from MassDOT:

Vehicular Detours
Effective January 8, 2011, MassDOT will close all inbound travel lanes on Route 28 southbound at the intersection of Land Boulevard for approximately 12 weeks as part of the Craigie Drawbridge Rehabilitation Project. Traffic trying to access I-93 and Storrow Drive will be detoured east over the Gilmore (Prison Point) Bridge towards Bunker Hill Community College/City Square. Traffic heading to I-93 Northbound will be directed left through Sullivan Square, while traffic trying to access I-93 Southbound and Route 1 via the Tobin Bridge will be directed to turn right. Traffic traveling to the Charles Circle Area will be detoured westbound down Land Boulevard to the Longfellow Bridge to cross the Charles River. Outbound traffic leaving Boston through Leverett Circle will be unaffected during this period. (see Detour Map)

Access to the Museum of Science will not be restricted but patrons are advised to approach the Museum from Boston to avoid anticipated traffic congestion on the Cambridge side of the project.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Access during Construction
Bike and pedestrian access in each direction will be maintained during construction.

Charles River Channel
As a result of the construction activities, the Charles River Channel will be closed to all marine traffic reopening no later than April 27, 2010.

For more information, visit MassDOT’s project webpage, or contact my office at 617-722-2380.

Your Craigie Comments

Now that we are more than a week and a half into the first phase of Craigie Drawbridge construction and repairs, I’d like to use this space to encourage you to post your comments, questions, suggestions, and concerns about how the project is going, and what could be done better. Because this is an ongoing project and will require the bridge to be closed to traffic inbound to Boston for 15 weeks, we have the opportunity to change things that aren’t working.

Please feel free to leave a comment to this post with your ideas, or as always, call my office at 617-722-2380.

Reminder: Craigie Drawbridge Closes to Boston-bound Traffic Tomorrow

Tomorrow, November 6th, will mark the first day that the Craigie Drawbridge will be closed to traffic bound for Boston from Cambridge. I strongly suggest planning your commute in advance, as there will be significant delays and heavy traffic in the area, especially as drivers become accustomed to the altered traffic patterns in the first days of the bridge closing.

Detour information from MassDOT:

Vehicular Detours
Effective November 6, 2010, MassDOT will close all inbound travel lanes on Route 28 southbound at the intersection of Land Boulevard as part of the Craigie Drawbridge Rehabilitation Project. Outbound traffic leaving Boston through Leverett Circle will be unaffected during this period.
Traffic trying to access I-93 and Storrow Drive will be detoured east over the Gilmore (Prison Point) Bridge towards Bunker Hill Community College/City Square. Traffic heading to  I-93 Northbound will be directed left through Sullivan Square, while traffic trying to access I-93 Southbound and Route 1 (Tobin Bridge) will be directed to turn right.(see attached map) Traffic traveling to the Charles Circle Area will be detoured westbound down Land Boulevard to the Longfellow Bridge to cross the Charles River. (see attached map)
Access to the Museum of Science will not be restricted but patrons are advised to approach the Museum from Boston to avoid anticipated traffic congestion on the Cambridge side of the project.

Bike and Pedestrian Access during Construction
Full bike and pedestrian access in each direction will be maintained during construction.  During Phases 1 and 3 of the drawbridge replacement, only one side of the bridge will be opened and must be shared by inbound and outbound bike and pedestrian traffic.  A manned and signalized crossing area will be placed at the mid-point of the roadway at the Museum of Science during these phases.

For more information about this project, click here to read my previous blog posts, or visit the MassDOT Accelerated Bridge Program website here.