The Green Line Extension Project (GLX) wanted to let you know that starting tomorrow July 1st at 8 AM, Harvard Street in Medford will be reduced to single lane traffic from Main Street to Boston Avenue. Traffic will be one way – westbound towards Boston Avenue only. Eastbound traffic will be diverted (see traffic plan link below for detour along Boston Avenue).
This lane closure is necessary for construction work on the bridge abutments necessary for the rebuilding of the Harvard Street rail bridge. Work will start tomorrow on the north abutment requiring the closure of the north-side lane and sidewalk to all automobile and pedestrian traffic. This work should take approximately two weeks after which work will begin on the south abutment. The south-side lane and sidewalk will then need to be closed for approximately two weeks as well. Overall this work is estimated to take approximately one month.
This will be an around-the-clock lane closure. Signage providing direction and detail police providing assistance will be available to assist vehicular, bike, and pedestrian traffic.
Additionally, on the weekend of July 11th and 12th, Harvard Street will be fully closed to traffic (both lanes) between Main Street and Boston Avenue for the purposes of structural steel erection.
The road will be closed to traffic starting on Saturday, July 11th at 5 AM and it is anticipated it will reopen by Sunday, July 12th at 9 PM. There are two track bays of structural steel to erect and therefore it is anticipated the road will be closed through the night. It will be necessary that both of the sidewalks under the Harvard Street bridge will be closed to pedestrian traffic at this time as well.
During the full closure, local residents will still be able to access Harvard Street, but there will be no traffic through the Harvard Street Rail Bridge due to construction.
The traffic plan for this closure will can be found on the GLX website here:
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. This work is an important step in bringing the Green Line to Medford. As always, if you have any questions, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Green Line Extension Project field office at 781-874-1868.