BOSTON (CBS) — For the current orgy of repair work, you can thank the big dig, the cash-eating mega project that pushed maintenance and repair of local roads to the back of the line for more than 15 years.
It seems with the latest batch of roadwork, it won’t be easy for Bostonians to avoid the annoying traffic jams that lie ahead. For some, the picture is even bleaker.
Highway Administrator Frank DePaola is forging ahead with hundreds of repair projects as they try to dig out from under the disrepair the Big Dig left behind.
First, it was the Callahan Tunnel project but as folks in and around Mattapan’s Morton Street Bridge spanning the commuter rail tracks can attest, those logistical problems may be coming to a neighborhood near you soon.
And with the projects, come impacts to local businesses.
“The clients cannot find parking. One morning I came and parked on the corner and I got a ticket for $75,” business owner Chantal Sullivan said.
Paul Browne’s father founded a tailor shop nearly 40 years ago but the project outside his door has left him struggling.
“I have a lot of older customers and I have to run out now around the corner and try to do my best to help them to keep them,” he said.
According to DePaola, disruptive repair work on tap for this year includes a final round of Tobin Bridge painting, I-93 resurfacing from the Zakim Bridge out to Stoneham and major road projects in Cambridge, Everett, Malden, Revere, Somerville and Quincy.
To see the closest construction project near you, go to MassDOT’s website.
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