Robert Street Bridge Rehabilitation
The steel bridge, which was built in 1898 and last rehabilitated in 1985, is nearing the end of its useful life and will be completely replaced to meet the MBTA’s reliability and modernization needs.
Contract awarded: Anticipated winter 2019/2020
Projected completion: Early 2021
Budget: $10 million
To reduce service disruptions and inconveniences to neighbors, we’ll complete work in phases.
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.
- Bridge replacement, with projected life of 75 years
- Repairs to Robert Street roadway and sidewalk
- Single-span bridge design and higher clearance level for more open space below
- Single-track bridge design that could accommodate future construction of a second track
What should riders expect?
We do not expect Commuter Rail service to be affected on weekdays during construction.
There will be at least 2 weekend shutdowns (from Friday night to Monday morning), likely in summer and fall 2020, when shuttles may replace train service.
Route 51 has a stop underneath the Robert Street Bridge that will be moved during construction.
During at least 2 weekend shutdowns, full detours will be in effect for MBTA buses.
During construction, up to 9 station parking spots being used as a staging area will be unavailable.
What should neighbors expect?
Major construction will likely not begin until spring 2020. Neighbors can expect the following when they are:
We will maintain access to at least 1 of the sidewalks under the bridge at a time.
During at least 2 weekend shutdowns, full detours will be in effect for pedestrians.
During construction, about 12 on-street parking spots will be unavailable.
On Robert Street, we will generally maintain 2 lanes of traffic during construction, but will shift lanes within the existing curb lines. Occasionally, we’ll need to alternate 2 directions of traffic in 1 lane.
During at least 2 weekend shutdowns, full detours will be in effect for vehicles.