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McGrath Highway Repairs Begin July 23

There will be no lane closures, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Repairs to the McCarthy overpass of McGrath Highway are set to begin next week, according to an announcement from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Many in Somerville would , without the state spending money to repair it before, eventually, taking it down.

Here's the announcement from MassDOT:

SOMERVILLE – ROUTE 28 (MCGRATH HIGHWAY) OVER WASHINGTON STREET AND MEDFORD STREET – MCCARTHY OVERPASS REPAIR WORK STARTS JULY 23RD

Beginning on Monday, July 23 work crews will implement necessary structural repairs to portions of the McCarthy Overpass carrying Route 28 (McGrath Highway) over Washington Street and Medford Street in Somerville.

The repair work is needed to address deteriorated elements of the structurally deficient bridge to allow its continued use until permanent reconstruction of the McGrath Highway corridor and removal of the McCarthy Overpass occur.

The repair work will primarily occur on weekdays between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM with no lane closures.

Appropriate signs, channelizing devices and traffic control measures will be used to guide drivers through the work zone. 

Rob Buchanan July 20, 2012 at 01:02 PM
This represents an epic failure on the part of the MassDOT, Secretary Davey, and Governor Patrick for throwing good money after bad. The mayor, the Board of Alderman, and literally hundreds of residents have demanded that we move toward decommissioning the overpass instead of repairing it. Yet MassDOT moves forward, so they can check a box and say they spent their appropriation. How's that Green Line coming?
mplo September 03, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Good point, Rob! I couldn't agree with you more wholeheartedly on this! Neither MassDOT or the State gives a rat's ass what the average, ordinary, everyday people want. They're so into their own agenda that they don't care that people's lives could well be at stake due to their petty stalling and pulling rank, which they do whenever they can.

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