Traffic Advisory

Street Closures & One Way Traffic. As of June 14, 2024 at 05:03 a.m., the CPD reports the following road closure updates: 
-Broadway from Eleanor St to Cabot St 
-Highland St from Congress Ave to Central Ave 
-Central Ave down to 1 lane from Willow St to Highland St (Use caution)
-Willow St from Central Ave to Bellingham St 
-Commandants Way down to 1 lane (Use caution)

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Traffic Advisories & Parking Restrictions (as of 5/30/2024)

Sumner Tunnel Project:
Three upcoming weekend closures are scheduled for June 7, June 14, and June 21. During these temporary closures, the tunnel will close on Fridays at 11:00 p.m. and reopen to traffic on Mondays at 5:00 a.m.

Summer 2024: Full Closure
The Sumner Tunnel will be closed seven days a week from July 5 until August 5. The mitigation plan includes the following:
  • The five bus routes in Chelsea (111, 112, 114, 116, 117) will be fare-free during the full tunnel closure. The SL3 will be fare-free at the stops: Airport, Bellingham Sq, Box District, Chelsea, Eastern Ave.
  • Zone 1A ($2.40) fares from Salem and Swampscott Commuter Rail.
  • Discounted tolls will be provided for the Tobin Bridge and Ted Williams Tunnel for those registered in the Resident Discount Program.
To provide residents with more information about the tunnel closures, MassDOT will hold two Virtual Public Information Meetings on Tuesday, June 11 & Wednesday, June 12, at 6 p.m. Register to attend the meetings at https://www.mass.gov/orgs/highway-division/events

Additional details on travel options are available at https://www.mass.gov/sumner-tunnel. Travelers can also use MassDOT 511 to help review traffic conditions at mass511.com

Downtown Broadway Construction: Construction for the Downtown Broadway Utility Improvement Project will begin June 10, 2024. During the first week, some businesses will experience temporary water shutoffs. Properties will receive 48 hours’ notice prior to shutoff. During the rest of June, July, and August, utility work will take place in the roadway on the block from Fourth St to Congress/3rd. Please see the map below for the estimated schedule. Note, this schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

This work will take place from 7AM to 4PM daily, Monday thru Friday. On-street parking is prohibited during the times and dates posted on the construction signage distributed throughout work zone. We kindly ask that you do not park in these areas. One lane of travel will remain open on Broadway and sidewalks will remain accessible.

For questions, concerns, or to be added to an email list for project updates, please the contact City Hall at 617-466-4209 or email construction@chelsama.gov. More project information at chelseama.gov/broadwayconstruction

Upper Broadway Drainage and Surface Project: The sidewalk and roadway rehabilitation for the Upper Broadway corridor is underway. The project area extends down Broadway from Marlborough Street through Clinton Street to the Chelsea-Revere border; projected completion date is April 2025. Construction hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 3:30 PM. For additional questions: Elias Pomales | Const. Manager/Project Engineer, 857.343.4250, epomales@chelseama.gov

Willow Street / Watts Street / Central Avenue Utility, Road, and Traffic Improvements: On Monday, April 22, the City's contractor, Aqua Line Utility, will begin utility work at the intersection of Central Avenue and Eastern Avenue. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Utility and surface reconstruction will continue through May and June at Central Avenue, Willow Street, and Watts Street intersections and approaches. Road detours and traffic delays are expected. If you have any questions or concerns about the construction work, please contact Elias Pomales, the City's DPW construction manager/project engineer, at 857-343-4250.
 
Daytime Lane Closures on Tobin Bridge on Route 1 Southbound: 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is implementing a single-lane closure on the Tobin Bridge on Route 1, southbound on the upper deck. The closure occurs weekly, Monday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Two lanes of traffic will always remain open during the single-lane closures. These closures will be coordinated with other construction projects in the area.

Stuctural Cleaning & Painting, Steel & Concrete Repairs on Tobin Bridge: MassDOT has been working in the area for the past several months and vacuuming up paint chips that have fallen from the bridge. The paint chip cleanup is being followed by a $100 million-plus project to repair steel, remove old paint, and repaint the bridge among other improvements. For further questions, please get in touch with the Tobin Bridge Field Office by calling 857-776-6120. 

E911 Building renovation: The construction work on the E911 Building is set to start next week. There will be a significant construction impact, particularly with parking in the City Hall lot. Construction is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2024.