Fore River Bridge, Quincy | Weymouth
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Route 3A, Quincy/Weymouth, Massachusetts
The deteriorating Fore River Bridge carries 32,000 vehicles per day and is a gateway to the South Shore. MassDOT constructed a new, permanent, movable bridge that safely and efficiently met cyclists’, pedestrians’, drivers’, and maritime users’ needs while improving residents’ and drivers’ quality of life through fewer and faster bridge openings. For the Base Technical Concept, HSH developed all traffic plans, including TTCPs, signals, signage, and markings. We evaluated and designed mitigation for alternate routes and performed an extensive evaluation to determine a very specific limitations of Operations regarding required numbers of lanes by seasonality and time of day.
HSH performed a comprehensive outreach program across the South Shore to find alternate routes for motorists and to understand what the lane restrictions would mean for their daily commute. HSH provided support to MassDOT’s press and legislative liaison units for site walks by local media and elected officials’ briefings to the Mayors and their key staff; generation and placement of informative posters in ferry terminals and commuter rail stations within the project area; deposits of informational materials in public libraries and town halls from Canton to Marshfield; door-to-door outreach in the zone immediately around the bridge; and public information meetings in Quincy and Weymouth. Impacts to drivers have been managed throughout the project, and the impacts to South Shore traffic have been minimized.