The Bridge and Green Line on Comm. Ave. Have Reopened

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Photo by Chris Devers on Flickr/Creative Commons

Commuters are breathing sighs of relief today as the BU bridge and the Green Line on Comm. Ave. reopen following almost three weeks of construction work.

As of 5 a.m today, MassDOT announced Wednesday morning, the BU bridge and Comm. Ave between Packard’s corner and Kenmore Square are open for vehicular traffic, and the B branch of the Green Line resumed regular service with all stops along Comm. Ave.

#CommAveBridge: Bridge now open, #MBTA #GreenLine B Service has resumed.

— Mass. Transportation (@MassDOT) August 16, 2017

As part of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project, the eastbound part of the Comm Ave bridge and trolley tracks in both directions were demolished and replaced. Bike lanes on the BU bridge and improved pedestrian walkways come with the new and improved bridge.

Now @MassDOT cameras show #CommAveBridge eastbound deck & MBTA track area. Green Line B catenary wire work done. Paving work finishing.

— Jacquelyn Goddard (@JacqueGoddard) August 15, 2017

Although traffic and the T are back to normal, the DOT is going to implement short-term lane reductions on Comm. Ave. and the Mass Pike that passes below the bridge in September. Pedestrians will also have a short detour near the bridge intersection and eastbound bikers will have to share lanes

All lanes on the Pike in Allston opened on August 7th.

The next phase of construction that will replace the westbound portion of the bridge will take place in July/August of next year, taking advantage of the somewhat lighter traffic during summer.

@MassDOT #CommAveBridge now open to traffic. First @MBTA Green Line trolley makes it’s way across new bridge.

— Jonathan Gulliver (@JLGulliver) August 16, 2017

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