Motorists Warned of Overnight Road Closures on Interstate 93

April 3, 2012

April 4th kicked off the beginning of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MASSDOT) enhanced maintenance project of Interstate 93 through Boston.

This maintenance period is going to require complete road closures, which is expected to impact travelers on I-93 inside the O'Neill Tunnels. Traffic flow will be altered for two complete nights of each month. It will be taking place during the 1st Tuesday and the 3rd Tuesday of each month until it's complete. Closures will be from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Motorists are urged to plan ahead for these changes and to be cautious to help to avoid a car accident in Boston. With the proper preparation, transportation officials are predicting this transition to progress smoothly.
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During the first Tuesday of each month, the traffic in the southbound lanes will be rerouted to Route 38/Mystic Avenue and then allowed to reenter near South Station. Traffic that's heading for I-90 Westbound will be taken to the ramp just south of Kneeland Street. With these reroutes, road crews will be able to work on the Zakim Bridge, Lower Deck and O'Neill Tunnel.

Our Boston personal injury lawyers understand that this area of Interstate 93 is heavily traveled. With the rerouting of traffic, we're asking all motorists to plan ahead and to be cautious. If you can, you're asked to just avoid the area altogether. If you must travel through these areas during scheduled maintenance, please leave early and allow yourself plenty of time to make it through.

During the third Tuesday of every month, road crews will be working on the I-93 northbound lanes. During that time, traffic will be taken off of the Interstate at Exit 18 (the Mass Ave. exit) and will be taken to Frontage Road. Traffic will be able to get to Interstate 90 (the Logan Airport exit). Traffic getting back on I-93 will be able to continue on Atlantic Avenue and will be able to reenter the Interstate at the exit by TD Garden. Motorists that are heading to Route 1 are to take the ramp in City Square.

Crews will have unrestricted access to center lanes that are challenging to reach with the single and double-lane closures that overnight commuters are accustomed to seeing," said Frank DePaola, MassDOT Administrator.

To help keep motorists and road crews safe, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts offers these safe driving tips:

-Move over and slow down. Back in 2009, it became law that motorists had to both slow down and move over for stationary emergency or maintenance vehicles with flashing lights. Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to $100.

-Expect the unexpected in a work zone. Speed limits are changed, traffic lanes are altered, people are working near the road and pedestrians may be walking nearby. Be cautious and alert!

-Speed is one of the most common causes of work-zone accidents. Slow down to not only avoid an accident, but to avoid a ticket, too!

-Never tailgate. Rear-end collisions are the number one kind of accidents in work zones.

-Keep an eye out for signs. These signs help to direct traffic and warn of potential dangers.

-Prepare for delays. Allow yourself plenty of time to get through these areas.

-Take another route if you can. Your best bet is to avoid the area all together.

Every year, there are roughly 800 fatal work crashes in U.S. work zones. Let's all work together to keep Boston's roadways and road workers out of these statistics.

If you or someone close to you has been injured in a work zone-related auto accident in the Greater Boston Area or elsewhere throughout the state, contact Boston Injury Attorney Jeffrey S. Glassman. Our law firm offers free and confidential appointments to victims and the families of victims to discuss. Call 877-617-5333.

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