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Portion of Rte. 99 Underpass in Sullivan Square to Close June 16

The northbound side of the road will close for six weeks due to Alford Street Bridge reconstruction.

Credit: File photo.
Credit: File photo.

Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation are planning to close the Rte. 99 underpass on the northbound side through Charlestown's Sullivan Square starting Monday, June 16. 

The closure is due to ongoing $56.1 million reconstruction of the Alford Street Bridge that connects Charlestown and Everett, a project that is expected to be completed by the end of August, MassDOT said in an announcement last week. 

The route will be closed for about six weeks, but will not affect traffic traveling in the southbound direction of Rte. 99; during the closure, northbound vehicles will instead access Rte. 99 through Sullivan Square, according to the announcement. 

Traffic on the bridge, meanwhile, will be shifted so that vehicles traveling northbound toward Everett will be moved toward the east side of the bridge, while vehicles traveling southbound toward Charlestown will remain on the west side of the bridge, MassDOT said. 

Moreover, one travel lane will remain open at all times in each direction during construction, and implementation of the shift may be postponed due to weather conditions. 

Drivers in the area are asked to seek alternative routes to avoid delays during the six-week period; drivers that need to travel through the area can expect delays and will need to reduce speed while moving through detour routes, MassDOT said. 

For more information and updates, visit mass.gov/massdot or blog.mass.gov/transportation, or follow MassDOT on Twitter and Facebook.

Joseph June 09, 2014 at 10:49 AM
I'd like to know why this bridge project is taking so long to complete? Assembly Square was able to build massive buildings, parking lots, and even an almost complete T stop in less time than this bridge construction. Is there anyone that can explain this?
Tom Swenson July 21, 2014 at 09:21 AM
The fine hand crafting of each individual stone on the bridge is the result of old world quality and craftsmanship. Or it's all just a monumentally mismanaged project that will never have any accountability for those that performed so poorly. Your choice, keep voting in the same old mopes.
Tom Swenson July 21, 2014 at 09:22 AM
It took less time to win WWII than to rebuild this bridge.

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