Detour Map

MassDOT: Lowell – VFW Highway and Aiken Street Intersection
Nighttime Road Closures and Detours for Milling Operations

LOWELL – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that the intersection of VFW Highway and Aiken Street in Lowell will be closed to all vehicular traffic on Wednesday night, August 21, from 8:30PM though 5AM Thursday morning.  This off-peak impact is necessary in order to allow crews to safely and effectively mill the existing roadway surface in preparation for new Hot Mix Asphalt placement.
During this time, the eastbound direction of VFW Highway will be closed at the intersection of University Avenue and all traffic will be detoured to Riverside Street, right onto Lakeview Avenue, and then to the terminus of Lakeview Ave near Bridge Street to arrive back on VFW Highway. 
The westbound direction of VFW will be detoured onto Lakeview Ave near Bridge Street, left onto Riverside, left onto University Ave and left onto Fr. Morrisette Blvd. (See attached Detour map).
This work is associated with the $1.45 million project to reconstruct the intersection and roadway approaches, including new traffic signals, pavement markings, sidewalks and curbing. This project is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2019.
Those traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed and use caution. Appropriate signage and messaging along with Police Details will be in place to guide drivers through the work area. The schedule for this work is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are also encouraged to:  

  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real–time conditions.
  • Visit, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.


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