Morrissey bridge— stuck upright for hours last night—is back in action

The Beades Bridge as seen from the National Grid rainbow tank in Sept. 2022. Bill Forry photo

Roadway is open; some lane closures expected during the week

The Beades Bridge on Morrissey Boulevard got stuck in the upright position last evening around 6 p.m. and stayed stuck until around midnight. The bridge remained closed overnight as work crews made emergency repairs to the structure's heel plates and joint areas, according to a spokesperson for MassDOT.

The bridge re-opened to traffic this morning at 5:45 a.m. Officials say that the span is safe for use, but will require more permanent repairs.

Built in 1923, the bridge is already being re-designed with an eye towards completely replacing it by 2028, according to a report in The Reporter earlier this year. The bridge has been modernized several times over the decades, with the most recent major overhaul happening in 2001.

Morrissey Boulevard will see more disruption this week, as pre-scheduled repairs are made to manhole covers and drain basins, which will prompt "rolling lane closures" starting today through Friday, Dec. 8. The lane closures are scheduled between 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. daily. The road will remain open.

A commission charged with making recommendations on how to plan and fund improvements to the Morrissey Boulevard corridor— including the Beades Bridge— held its first public meeting last week. The commission is supposed to get a final report by June 2023 and then submit recommendations to the state Legislature this summer.



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