Tobin Bridge fix to cause commuting headaches

BOSTON — The 68-year-old Tobin Bridge is set for a major facelift, and North Shore motorists can expect delays over the next two years.

Work gets underway on a $41.6 million renovation of the 2-mile-long truss bridge over the Mystic River on April 22. The project focuses on a 1,675-foot stretch of the bridge into Chelsea.

It will mean lane and ramp closures well into 2020, according to the state Department of Transportation.

That’s likely to create headaches for tens of thousands of commuters who cross the bridge each day.

MassDOT officials are urging motorists to plan ahead, as one lane on the lower deck, Route 1 northbound, will be closed through November 2018.

“We encourage people throughout the Greater Boston area to recognize the upcoming traffic impacts on the Tobin Bridge and make smart choices if they will be traveling along the Route 1 corridor or throughout the region,” state Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver

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