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Commonwealth Avenue closure will run from July 26 to August 11

You’ve been warned

Construction last summer on the eastbound portion of Commonwealth Avenue
Photo courtesy of MassDOT

State transportation officials will close the Boston University Bridge and Commonwealth Avenue from Packard’s Corner in Allston to Kenmore Square from 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, to 5 a.m. on Saturday, August 11.

The closure is due to repair work on the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, which will center on the demolition and replacement of the westbound side of Comm. Ave.

The work is an extension of work that went on during the summer of 2017 as part of the $110 million Comm. Ave. Bridge replacement project.

The stretches that are closed to cars and trucks this summer will be open to MBTA buses and to bicyclists and pedestrians—as well as to emergency vehicles and those necessary for area businesses—via the eastbound side of Comm. Ave.

Still, the vehicular spillover due to the westbound closure to cars, trucks, etc., is expected to cause headaches on nearby arteries. (And shuttle buses will replace trains for the Boston-to-Albany leg of Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited run from Boston to Chicago during the weekends of July 28-29 and August 4-5 because of the construction.)

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will do a “dry run” of the changes from June 1-3, which will mean reduced lanes on I-90 in both directions from the Allston interchange to the Beacon Street overpass.

To stay up on the latest changes, MassDOT offers an email alert. Good luck.