ACTON / CONCORD – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that it will be implementing temporary weekend lane closures and detours on Route 2, between the Concord Rotary and Wetherbee Street in Acton and Concord. The closures will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 16, and will continue through 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 17. These traffic impacts are necessary to allow crews to install steel beams safely and effectively over Route 2 as part of the ongoing Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Project Phase 2B which is currently under construction.
The closures and detours will be as follows:
Route 2 westbound:
- Route 2 westbound will be reduced to one lane and closed between the Concord Rotary and Wetherbee Street. Traffic will be detoured at the Concord Rotary to Route 2A westbound (Great Road) for 0.9 miles, turn left onto Wetherbee Street in Acton, follow Wetherbee Street 0.3 miles then turn right onto Route 2 westbound beyond the work area.
Route 2 eastbound:
- Route 2 eastbound will be reduced to a single lane prior to the work area. This single lane of traffic will travel into the work area and then return to two travel lanes as it approaches the Concord Rotary.
- Short-term rolling roadblocks will be used intermittently, between the hours of 7:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m., to safely set beams over the roadway in the work zone. State Police will utilize the rolling roadblocks to control traffic on Route 2 eastbound for short periods of time.
These traffic impacts are necessary to allow crews to install steel beams safely and effectively over Route 2 as part of the ongoing Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Project Phase 2B currently under construction. This project includes the construction of 4,675 feet of Rail Trail along with bridges over Route 2 and Nashoba Brook connecting phases 2A and 2C of the Rail Trail previously constructed. The contract was awarded to MIG Corporation with an estimated total cost of $10.6 million and completion date of July 2022.
Drivers who are traveling through the area should reduce speed and use caution.
Appropriate signage, law enforcement details, and advanced message boards will be in place to guide drivers through the work area.
For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are encouraged to:
- Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
- Visit www.mass511.com, a website that provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
- Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
- Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.