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Gloucester Drawbridge Replacement

Commuter rail train operating on single lane of Gloucester bridge, other lane is lifted
  • Contract awarded: November, 20, 2017
  • Projected completion: 2022
  • Budget: $100 million
  • Status: Construction in progress

The Gloucester Drawbridge, which carries the Rockport Line over the Annisquam River, is being replaced. The current bridge was built in 1911, reconstructed in 1932, and updated in 1984. The MBTA suspended service across the bridge in April 2020 due to unforeseen site conditions. 

The unexpected closure offered several benefits, including: 

  • Accelerated construction schedule
  • Reduced project costs 
  • Reduced impacts on neighbors and customers
  • Enhanced safety and reliability

Single-track commuter rail service to Gloucester and Rockport stations resumed Monday, May 23, 2022. 

What To Expect During This Work

Service Impacts

Shuttle buses continue to serve Gloucester and Rockport stations.

Neighborhood Impacts

To minimize disruptions for residents, the MBTA is having trains idle in more remote areas of the line whenever possible.

In addition to the Gloucester Drawbridge project, the MBTA will be installing Positive Train Control (PTC) and performing routine maintenance simultaneously to minimize the construction impact.

Building a Better T

As part of our $8 billion, 5-year capital investment plan, we're renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system.

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Contact Information

To reach the project team for questions or concerns related to the Gloucester Drawbridge Replacement, please email us at GloucesterDraw@MBTA.com.

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Building a Better T

As part of our $8 billion, 5-year capital investment plan, we're renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system.

Learn more

Recent Updates

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