Robert Street Bridge Replacement
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: February 12, 2020
- Projected completion: Winter 2021
- Budget: $10 million
- Status: Construction
To reduce service disruptions and inconveniences to neighbors, we'll complete work in phases.
- 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
- Provide safer, more resilient, more reliable service on the Needham Line
- Bring bridge to a State of Good Repair
- Reduce maintenance costs and service impacts
- Improve pedestrian and vehicle access on Robert Street
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.
What to Expect if You Are a Rider
The Route 51 stop underneath the Robert Street Bridge will be temporarily relocated during construction.
During construction, up to nine station parking spots being used as a staging area will be unavailable.
The north set of stairs leading from Robert Street to Roslindale Village Station has been closed and replaced by temporary stairs and walkways.
What to Expect if You Live in the Neighborhood
The final phase of construction will take place in summer 2021, when crews will finish track and utilities work. Crews will work weekdays, but some night and weekend work may require detours for drivers and pedestrians.
Neighbors can expect the following when they are:
We will maintain access to at least one of the sidewalks under the bridge at a time. If pedestrian traffic is impacted due to the closure of Robert Street we will post signage indicating the detour route.
During weekend shutdowns, pedestrian access to Robert Street will still be available through tunnel detours beneath the tracks:
- Belgrade Avenue to the Fallon Field Walkway Tunnel and South Fairview Street
- From the Roslindale Station drop off at Belgrade Avenue to South Conway Street
There will be no on-street parking along Robert Street near the bridge.
On Robert Street we'll shift travel lanes to the west side of the street, toward St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church. Occasionally, we may need to alternate two directions of traffic in one lane.
Detour signs will be in place to indicate the routes. Local access on Robert Street on either side of the Commuter Rail bridge will be permitted.
Traveling east on Robert Street towards Belgrade Avenue/Roslindale Village:
- Head west on Robert Street
- Turn left onto South Street
- Turn left onto Centre Street
- At the rotary, take the third exit onto West Roxbury Parkway
- Turn left onto Belgrade Avenue, and continue to your destination
Traveling west from Belgrade Avenue/Roslindale Village to Robert Street:
- Continue west on Belgrade Avenue
- Turn right onto West Roxbury Parkway
- At the rotary, take the first exit onto Centre Street
- Turn right onto South Street
- Turn right onto Robert Street and continue to your destination
For all queries and comments related to the Robert Street Bridge Replacement, please contact the project team at RobertStBridge@MBTA.com.
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