BOSTON (CBS) — A major overhaul of the Longfellow Bridge is shifting into high gear this weekend, with extensive traffic detours set to begin Sunday, according to the state Department of Transportation.
“The three and half year rehabilitation project will address the bridge’s current structural deficiencies, upgrade its structural capacity and bring it up to modern code,” the DOT reports on its website.
In the first stage of the project, the MBTA’s Red Line service over the bridge connecting Boston to Cambridge is slated to continue, but the Boston-bound vehicle lanes of the bridge will be closed for construction, and one lane of traffic on the other side of the bridge will carry vehicles into Boston.
Cambridge-bound traffic will be detoured to a route from Charles Circle to Land Boulevard using Leverett Circle and Monsignor O’Brien Highway, according to the DOT.
The rehab project is designed to repair and rehabilitate the bridge without reworking the span’s historical look. “The bridge’s distinctive architectural features will be preserved or restored, while the deteriorated structural elements of the bridge are carefully rehabilitated,” the DOT website states.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports