Please be advised the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing they will be installing a nightly detour for the Rourke Bridge, Sunday through Thursday nights, starting Sunday, December 3, 2023, and continuing throughout the winter.
This closure is necessary to allow for bridge repairs on the Rourke Bridge over Merrimack River and CSX Railroad. The bridge will be closed at 8:00PM each night and reopened by 5:00AM the following day.
Traffic will be detoured as follows:
- South of Rourke Bridge: from Wood Street Extension, take a right onto Middlesex Street, left onto School Street, left onto Pawtucket Boulevard back to its intersection at Wood Street Extension.
- North of Rourke Bridge: from Pawtucket Boulevard, take a right onto School Street, a right onto Middlesex Street back to its intersection at Wood Street Extension.
Drivers who are traveling through the impacted areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.
All work is weather dependent and subject to cancellation or modification.
Stay informed about traffic conditions:
Dial 511 and select a route for real-time conditions
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