BOSTON

Portion of Comm. Ave. Bridge Construction Ahead of Schedule

Traffic on Interstate 90 in Boston is about to become a little less hectic.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has restored I-90 to four full lanes in each direction, while all off-ramp exits are now open as well. It's all part of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project, and it's a step that MassDOT has reached about a day ahead of schedule.

"We are pleased that our crews have been able to open the Mass Pike to its full capacity a day early and provide relief to commuters throughout the Boston region for peak travel hours," said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. "This is an important interim milestone for this major bridge replacement project, but members of the public should recognize that our intensive construction work is continuing 24/7 in the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge area. Local roadway and transit impacts remain in place, and there will be lane closures on I-90 during overnight off-peak hours, so it is essential to keep making smart decisions on travel and plan trips in advance."

Lane closures on I-90 began on July 27, with just a single lane open in either direction at times. While closures will continue during overnight hours, commuters needn't worry about lane reductions during rush hour any longer.

Commonwealth Avenue remains closed between Packard's Corner and Kenmore Square through Aug. 11, as does the Boston University Bridge. The MBTA Green Line "B" still has shuttle buses running between Babcock and Blandford street stations through Aug. 11.

A complete list of areas still affected by the project for commuters and pedestrians is available here.

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