Middlesex Turnpike Phase 3
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MassDOT, recently announced that construction on Phase 3 of the Middlesex Turnpike Roadway Improvement Project is scheduled to begin on April 30th. Barletta Heavy Division has set message boards and advanced signage to notify motorists of the start date. The project will be completed in sections as shown in the Schedule Plan illustration.
The first phase is to clear trees and vegetation along both sides of the roadway, followed by relocation of the utility poles and overhead wires. During the project, two-way travel along Middlesex Turnpike will be in effect before 9:00 am and after 2:00 pm. Between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, police details will limit traffic around the work crews to one travel lane at a time. Motorists driving through the corridor during the midday should expect a delay in travel time.
Phase 3 is the last of a multi-phase, multi-year program to improve traffic through the Tri-Town corridor linking Burlington, Bedford, and Billerica. The limits of this project are from Crosby Drive/Plank Street in Bedford to Manning Road in Billerica.
Similar to the other phases of the project, Middlesex Turnpike will be widened to two lanes in each direction with protected left turn lanes at all driveways. In addition, new traffic control signals will be installed at Oak Park Drive in Bedford and 900 Middlesex Turnpike and Manning Road in Billerica. There will be bike lanes and sidewalks along both sides of the roadway. Utility poles will be relocated to accommodate the widened cross-section and new LED’s street lights will be installed.
Significant work will take place to widen the roadway at the Shawsheen River. The project is expected to be complete in 2022.