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Day Boulevard: Road Reconstruction Update

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are announcing that William J. Day Boulevard road reconstruction work in South Boston will continue this week, resulting in a roadway which will have one motor vehicle travel lane in each direction with bicycle and pedestrian accommodations and some additional parking permitted. Work will occur between the driveway of the Massachusetts State Police Barracks and the intersection with Farragut Road.
 
These upcoming improvements are the result of the combined findings of the South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan and a recent Day Boulevard Road Safety Audit, which found that traffic volumes do not warrant the current four lane (two lanes in each direction) configuration for motor vehicle travel.  Construction activities occurring now had originally been scheduled for 2019 but have been accelerated, based upon public feedback and input received over the past several weeks.

During overnight hours this week, MassDOT construction crews will carry out paving work and will then install buffered bicycle lanes in each direction of Day Boulevard between the driveway of the Massachusetts State Police Barracks and the intersection with I Street. In addition, new parking spaces for vehicles will be provided along sections of Day Boulevard between I Street and O Street, and a left-turn lane will be added at the intersection with L Street. Existing parking along the corridor will be maintained.

To accommodate these improvements and the necessary construction operations, such as paving and placing pavement markings, there will be overnight closures this week on Day Boulevard between Babe Ruth Park Drive and O Street. These closures will take place each evening between 8 p.m., and 5 a.m., and are expected to conclude on the morning of Friday, August 31.

Additionally, crews will be making other improvements in the coming weeks including upgrading traffic signals, signs, and sidewalk panels.

During the overnight road closures this week, an overnight “No Parking” ban will be in effect in some areas.  Traffic patterns will be clearly marked, and a police detail will be on site. Temporary overnight parking for residents with a valid City of Boston, South Boston Resident Parking Sticker will be provided at the angled parking spots located between Shore Road and the Castle Island parking lot.

Visual message boards are activated to inform travelers of the road closures next week. MassDOT and DCR will continue to provide updates throughout the course of construction.

MassDOT and DCR encourage the public to be mindful of these impacts. Those traveling through the area should reduce speed and use caution and seek alternate routes. The schedule for this work is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.W

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Comments

  1. Great.
    This should cut down on cut through traffic on L street..one lane is sufficient..day Blvd is a means to castle island or our BEAUTIFUL beaches.
    NOT an extension of the S.E.. EXPRESSWAY..now STOP SIGNS ON “L” STREET..15 MPH ON L STREET..

  2. Hopefully and it should have protected bike lanes like they are putting on Commonwealth Ave. Also if considering doing the bike lanes from FedEx to Broadway they should also be protected.

  3. We don’t need bike lanes for a few bikers,what about all the cars on the road!!They overbuilt Southie with condos everywhere…that is why we have the congestion!!Maybe the politicians should have thought about that before they ruined s small town like South Boston.Progress isn’t always about the people but more about the money!!
    It’s pretty sad when Day Blvd has to change because the city has been over run with condos ,,maybe build some parking lots so people have a place to park their cars.Some of us actually use our cars and don’t just move them from one side of the street to another!!

    • Ah, another disgruntled boomer who can’t stand the amazing changes to our neighborhood. Boy do I miss those days where you could get mugged for looking at someone the wrong way, robbed for walking on the wrong street, or raped for appearing like an easy target….great times.

    • It’s the trouble you’re having related to reading comprehension or just an inability to understand the actual problem? More lanes means faster traffic, the exact problem they’re trying to solve. You know a kid died, right? You’re concerned with your commute? Go away.

    • As a biker, I currently avoid Day Boulevard because of the way cars drive. I’m happy to see some bike lanes.

      Each bike you see is removing a car from the roads and potentially a street parking spot. I guarantee you I travel at least 10 mph on my bike which is pretty much the average speed of travel in Boston when you take traffic lights into account.

      I know it may be frustrating when you’re in a car and a biker may appear to be slowing you down, but please try to be kind to us! We’re just trying to get around the city, same as you. I promise, we’ll get out of your way as soon as possible, we don’t want cars tailgating us!