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Weekend Closures on Robert Street on September 20-21 and 27-28 for Bridge Replacement Work

Posted on September 10, 2020

Vehicles and pedestrians will be detoured.

Needham Line Commuter Rail service suspended on Saturday, September 19.


The MBTA today announced that Robert Street in Roslindale will be closed during the following 2 weekends in September to allow crews to install drilled shaft foundations for the Robert Street Bridge, which carries the Commuter Rail overhead:

  • 2 AM Sunday, September 20, to 2 AM Monday, September 21.
  • 2 AM Sunday, September 27, to 2 AM Monday, September 28.

Preparation work for the drilled shaft installation will take place on the following dates but will not impact vehicular or pedestrian traffic:

  • 7 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, September 12.
  • 2 AM on Sunday, September 13, to 2 AM on Monday, September 14.
  • 2 AM on Saturday, September 19, to 2 AM on Sunday, September 20 (prior to the road closure).

Weekend Detour Routes: September 20-21 and 27-28

Vehicles traveling east on Robert Street towards Belgrade Avenue/Roslindale Village will travel west on Robert Street, turn left onto South Street, turn left on Centre Street, take the rotary’s third exit on West Roxbury Parkway, turn left onto Belgrade Avenue, and proceed to their destination.

Vehicles traveling west from Belgrade Avenue/Roslindale Village to Robert Street will continue west on Belgrade Avenue, turn right on West Roxbury Parkway, take the rotary’s first exit onto Centre Street, turn right on South Street, turn right on Robert Street, and proceed to their destination.

Pedestrian access will still be available through tunnel detours beneath the tracks on the northern side of Roslindale Village Station and midway through Fallon Field.

Needham Line Service Changes

There will be no Needham Line service on Saturday, September 19, while crews work on the Robert Street Bridge replacement. Customers are instead encouraged to utilize nearby available bus and subway services. Customers should also note that the Needham Line does not operate on Sundays.

More Project Information

The MBTA is replacing the bridge that carries the Needham Line over Robert Street near Roslindale Village Station. The steel bridge, which was built in 1898 and last rehabilitated in 1985, is nearing the end of its service life and will be completely replaced to meet the MBTA’s reliability and modernization needs. The project aims to provide safer, more resilient, more reliable service on the Needham Line; bring the bridge to a state of good repair; reduce maintenance costs and service impacts; and improve pedestrian and vehicle access on Robert Street.

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