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Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
For Immediate Release
August 15 , 2006

Ria Convery , Communications Director
(617) 788-1105, <>


Switch to Daytime Construction Coming Soon


Beginning August 28:

From Charles Park Road to the Star of David Nursing Home one travel lane in each direction will be open, on the VFW Parkway outbound, and local access will be maintained on the inbound VFW Parkway.  The work will take place from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. and the traffic set-up will be removed each day.

Beginning at the Star of David Nursing Home to Corey Street, the traffic set-ups will be in place around the clock allowing three lanes to be open, but all the work, including blasting, will be done during the day (6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).  Temporary changes to the VFW Parkway median will be made at Baker Street. 

In the area from Baker Street to LaGrange Street all traffic lanes will be open and the work hours will be 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The final section of the work, LaGrange Street to Corey Street will be done with three travel lanes open on the VFW Parkway, and hours for the work will be 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Minor changes to the LaGrange Street, Lyall Street, and Corey Street intersections with VFW Parkway will be required in this section of work and the intersections work will be done at night between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

To remove some of the traffic from VFW Parkway during the work north of Spring Street/Bridge Street two alternate routes will be set-up and improvements will be made at some key intersections along these routes.  The Primary Alternate Route will begin at the Washington Street Rotary, travel east on Washington Street, turn north at West Roxbury Parkway and continue to VFW Parkway for the morning peak traffic and afternoon peak traffic.  The Secondary Alternate Route begins at the VFW Parkway/Spring Street intersection and will follow Spring Street to Center Street, and turn north on to West Roxbury Parkway to VFW Parkway.  The alternate routes will be signed in both the outbound and inbound directions

If all goes according to plan, construction of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s Upper Neponset Valley Relief Sewer project will have a new schedule soon.  A new permit from the Department of Conservation and Recreation will allow work along the VFW parkway during the daytime. MWRA has also asked DCR for permission to work through the winter months from Spring Street/Bridge Street to Corey Street in order to expedite construction and complete major excavations by November 2007.  Although some work will continue during overnight hours, the next planned work area that involves blasting will be done on the day shift.  Work on this project is approximately 40% complete and is scheduled to be finished by Winter 2007/2008.

Message boards were set up last week to inform people of alternate traffic routes resulting from this work.  These modifications are scheduled to take place by August 28th.

From Spring Street/Bridge Street to Charles Park Road four lanes of traffic (two northbound and two southbound) will be open at all times with three lanes of traffic shifted to the outbound (southbound) side of VFW Parkway.  Although the set-up will be in place around the clock, the work hours will be from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.  Minor modifications will be made at the intersections of Spring Street/Bridge Street and Charles Park Road with VFW Parkway, and the pedestrian signal at the DCR ice arena will be operational except when construction is at the crosswalk.  By occupying the roadway during the day work should be completed in this section before the end of September.

A public meeting will be held right after Labor Day to update project neighbors on construction progress and traffic impacts. MWRA urges residents along the route to attend this important public hearing.

As always, additional information on the project can be provided by Jeff McLaughlin at (617) 788-1170 or Jeffrey.McLaughlin@


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