Central Street Bridge over Pawtucket Canal is currently under construction and will begin surface construction the week of February 1, 2021, as part of the Lowell Canal Bridges (TIGER) Program. Construction of the Lowell Canal Bridges (TIGER) Program continues as scheduled. Central Street Bridge construction has been accelerated to help address a degraded inspection rating and to leverage the decrease in traffic due to the pandemic. The new, accelerated construction schedule will shorten the project by approximately five months. Learn about the detours and traffic shifts that will occur in the downtown area and how to navigate through the construction.
The Central Street Bridge over the Pawtucket Canal is currently reduced to one-way, northbound traffic to enable the acceleration of construction. The bridge will remain closed to southbound traffic for an anticipated duration of five months.
Pedestrian traffic will be maintained across the bridge at all times. All work is weather dependent and subject to change without notice. Appropriate signage, law enforcement details, and advanced
message boards will be in place to guide drivers through the work area. Drivers who are traveling through the area should reduce speed and use caution.
The implementation timeline is as follows:
Full traffic implementation: February 23, 2021
Two-lane opening: July 2021
Substantial completion: December 2021
Full completion: May 2022
Below is the detour plan for southbound traffic:
The City held a virtual public meeting to provide more information, you can watch the recorded presentation below:
A PDF version of the presentation can be found HERE
More information regarding the TIGER Central Street Bridge over the Pawtucket Canal
accelerated construction can be found in the following documents: