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Gloucester Drawbridge Replacement

Rendering of the proposed replacement of the Gloucester Drawbridge
  • 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. Replacement bus shuttles currently serve the last two stations on the line. 

The unexpected closure offered several benefits, including: 

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

What To Expect During This Work

Service Impacts

Due to supply chain delays and bridge construction complexities, Commuter Rail service to Rockport will not be restored in September 2021. In the meantime, we're accelerating other projects on the Rockport Line and evaluating ways to restore full service. Check back soon for additional details.

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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