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
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
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.
During the week of June 22, the north set of stairs leading from Robert Street to Roslindale Village Station will be closed and replaced by temporary stairs and walkways.
What to Expect if You Live in the Neighborhood
Preparation work began the week of June 15, 2020. This work will take place Monday – Friday, 6 AM to 4 PM over the next several weeks, and there will be moderate impacts to pedestrian and vehicle traffic flow as crews begin setting up the work zone.
Once the preparation work is complete, major construction will begin. It will include installing excavation supports at the abutments as well as substructure and superstructure work. During at least 2 weekend shutdowns, crews will work around the clock installing new tracks, and the work will require pedestrian and vehicle detours.
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. Beginning Friday, June 19, we will close the east sidewalk on Robert Street. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured, and we will post signage indicating the detour route.
During weekend shutdowns, full detours will be in effect for pedestrians.
There will be no on-street parking along Robert Street near the bridge.
On Robert Street, we will narrow and shift travel lanes to the west side of the street, toward St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church. Occasionally, we may need to alternate 2 directions of traffic in 1 lane.
During weekend shutdowns, full detours will be in effect for vehicles.
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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