Worcester, MA – In an overnight operation held on the nights of April 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2016, the project team for the Belmont Street Bridge Rehabilitation will place the steel girders for the deck of the first half of the new bridge. To ensure the safety of the traveling public, the section of I-290 below the bridge will be closed between 9 PM and 5 AM the following morning. This closure will be in place on all three of the nights mentionedabove.

On the night of Tuesday, April 5th, I-290 eastbound will be closed and detoured at Exit 16 – Central Street. A detour route, marked out by VMS boards, signage, and controlled by a police detail will run from MLK Boulevard, to Major Taylor Boulevard, and from there to Lincoln Street, returning motorists to I-290 at the Lincoln Street on-ramp.

On the nights of Wednesday April 6th and Thursday, April 7th, I-290 westbound will be closed and detoured at Exit 21 – Lincoln Street. Motorists will be directed to proceed on Lincoln Street, to Major Taylor Boulevard, to MLK Boulevard in order to reenter I-290 at the MLK Boulevard/East Central Street on-ramp.

Traffic will continue to flow over the open section of the Belmont Street Bridge throughout this operation.

All motorists should allow extra time for their trip and observe all traffic control signage and police details to ensure their own safety and that of project team members at work. All work is weather dependent. If snow impacts operations on any of the nights listed above, it will shift ahead by one day.

Please share this information with your friends, neighbors, family members, co-workers or anyone else you think will benefit from it. For more information about the project, please see www.mass.gov/massdot/belmontstbridge or contact Donny Dailey, MassDOT Government Affairs Liaison, at 617-945-4272 or donny.dailey2@state.ma.us.