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Fencing installation, construction to take place on South Coast Rail Fall River Secondary Line

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MassDOT has issued an update on the South Coast Rail project.

Fencing Installation: Middleborough, Lakeville, Raynham, Taunton, Berkley, Assonet
Location of work: •Installation of fencing along the Middleborough Secondary Line railroad right-of-way at locations between Route 140 in Taunton and the new Middleborough Station site (161 South Main Street, Middleborough) •Installation of fencing along the Fall River Secondary Line railroad right-of-way at locations between Myricks Street in Taunton and Beechwood Road in Assonet

Dates/Hours of Work: Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

The MBTA’s contractor will begin installing fencing at locations along the Middleborough Secondary Line and Fall River Secondary Line railroad right of way.

Generally, fencing is placed in areas where it will enhance safety and minimize trespassing on the railroad right-of-way. Abutters to the railroad may see orange stakes marking survey boundaries and will notice crews working in the railroad right-of-way to install this fencing. In some locations limited tree and brush clearing may be needed to facilitate this work. The typical MBTA fencing that will be installed is 6-foot-tall chain link fencing. Fencing will be set on the MBTA’s property line.

Berkley: Railroad Access at Cotley Street
Location of work: Cotley Street in Berkley

Dates/Hours of Work: Please note that the contractor will be using Cotley Street to access the ROW for various work activities, this is primarily used during the daytime (7:00 AM-7:00 PM) but will also be used 24-hours/day during some activities.

Daytime Work on Middleborough Secondary and New Bedford Main Line
Location of Work: •New Middleborough Station site, 161 South Main Street, Middleborough •East Taunton Station site, 1141 County Street, Taunton •Wamsutta Layover Facility site, 217 Herman Melville Boulevard, New Bedford •Church Street Station site, 387 Church Street, New Bedford • New Bedford Station Site, Acushnet Avenue (at Whale’s Tooth Parking Lot), New Bedford •Middleborough Secondary and New Bedford Main Line right-of-way

Dates/Hours of Work: •Monday, January 17 through Sunday, January 23, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM •Monday, January 24 through Friday, January 28, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Construction is ongoing at station and layover sites and along the railroad right-of-way from Middleborough to New Bedford.

Daytime Work on Fall River Secondary Line
Location of work: •Adams Lane, Berkley •Richmond Road to Forge Road, Assonet •Freetown Station site, 161 South Main Street, Assonet •Collins Street, Fall River •Weaver’s Cove Layover Facility, 2680 North Main Street, Fall River •Fall River Depot site, 825 Davol Street, Fall River •Fall River Secondary Line railroad right-of-way

Dates/Hours of Work: •Monday, January 17 through Friday, January 21, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM •Monday, January 24 through Friday, January 28, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Construction is ongoing at station and layover sites and along the railroad right-of-way from Berkley to Fall River.

Note that soils excavated from the railroad right-of-way during the above work are typically transported during the day and may be transported overnight by truck to the designated project site in Fall River where the soils will be stockpiled and spread.

Location of work: Weaver’s Cove Layover Facility, 2680 North Main Street, Fall River

Dates/Hours of Work: •Regular daytime hours 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM •Overnight as necessary, 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM

If you would like to report a construction-related issue on the South Coast Rail project, please call the hotline at (617) 222-4099.

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