Updates to Somerville bridge closures
As Green Line construction continues, three bridges will continue to be closed longer than originally planned. Here’s the latest schedule:
Washington St.: Expected to reopen in May 2020.
Broadway: Expected to reopen in July 2020.
School St.: Expected to close after Washington St. bridge is reopened in May 2020 and reopen in June 2021 (the School St. bridge will not close until the Washington St. bridge is reopened.)
Medford St.: Expected to reopen in October.
The reason for moving the date is based on the contractor encountering an environmental contaminated water condition and the fact that the Broadway Bridge has been reconstructed a few times in the past and they have hit granite bridge abutment foundations that were unforeseen.
Officials still expect the Green Line Extension to be completed on time, by the end of 2021.
“Green Line Extension Bridge Openings Delayed” (Somerville Patch)
“In his testimony before the MBTA’s Fiscal Management Control Board today, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said the city is “deeply disappointed” by the delays and will need additional assistance to address the impact of the closures. He said his community has had to shoulder a difficult burden during construction and will work with the MBTA and MassDOT to reduce its effects, including advocating for assistance with public safety and traffic management and support for local businesses .”