Weymouth: Detour Coming Next Weekend for Route 18 Bridge Project

Officials from Weymouth and MassDOT gave an update on the bridge construction project on Route 18.

The forum was hosted by Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund and Council President Michael Smart.

MassDOT officials say the bridge that goes over the MBTA train tracks in Weymouth will be closed next Friday at 9 p.m. (August 23) through Monday morning at 4 a.m. (August 26).

Christopher Evasius, the Assistant District Construction Engineer for MassDOT, says the bridge is functionally obsolete. The bridge has a sidewalk on one side and minimal shoulder space.

“We’re going to detour traffic off Route 18, which allows us to make modifications to the existing Route 18 bridge, which in turn gives us the real estate to build a new temporary bridge, in order to eventually replace the bridge that’s there now,” said Evasius.

He said the work is replacing one of the main load-bearing girders on the bridge.

Route 18 at that section will be detoured down Pond Street in Weymouth.

“All local access to all buildings and businesses will be open. It’s just you can’t pass over the bridge,” said Evasius. “We’re going to let businesses know that. We’re going to give them a flyer, and we’re going to have some [Variable Message Signs] to tell people that all local businesses are open.”

Nearby residents were concerned that the added traffic will negatively impact the residential area. The Weymouth Police Department says there will be detail officers to help with traffic.

“I imagine that the highest traffic point of delays will be Saturday afternoon,” said Evasius. “It should be a lot smoother at night. Weymouth and MassDOT are working together to keep traffic flowing.”

Updates on the project can be found here.

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