MassDOT Advisory: Everett
Overnight Bridge Deck Paving Operations on Route 16 over MBTA Railroad
Work will occur from 8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, June 1, through 5 a.m. on Friday June 2
Temporary lane closures will be in place on Route 16 westbound
EVERETT - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing it will be conducting overnight bridge deck repaving operations on Route 16 westbound over the MBTA railroad in Everett. The work will take place from 8:00 p.m. tonight, Thursday, June 1, to 5:00 a.m. on Friday, June 2.
The work will require temporary lanes closures on Route 16 westbound over the MBTA railroad corridor. One lane of travel will be maintained at all times.
All work is weather dependent and subject to cancellation or modification.
Drivers who are traveling through the impacted areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.
Message boards, signs, traffic control devices, and police details will be used to guide drivers safely through the work zone.
For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are encouraged to:
- Download the Mass511 mobile app or visit mass511.comto view live cameras, travel times, real-time traffic conditions, and project information before setting out on the road. Users can subscribe to receive text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
- Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
- Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
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