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MassDOT outlines new work on South Coast Rail in Fall River, New Bedford, Taunton, Middleboro, Freetown

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The MassDOT and MBTA have issued an update on what new work will be taking place on the South Coast Rail in the coming weeks which includes Fall River, New Bedford, Taunton, Middleboro, and Freetown.

This week and next, the contractor will continue to clear trees and install erosion controls along the right-of-way from the new Middleborough Station site to the East Taunton Station site. Other ongoing work includes ground survey, site preparation, sheet pile wall installation, drainage and utility installation, and equipment, material and soil deliveries occurring at the station and layover sites and along the railroad right-of-way from Middleborough to New Bedford.

This week the contractor also continues the installation of steel sheeting for retaining walls in the railroad right-of-way from I-495 in Middleborough to Old Colony Ave in Taunton.

Locations 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

Middleborough Secondary and New Bedford Main Line right-of-way

Dates/Hours of Work:
Current week: Monday, March 29 through Saturday, April 3, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Next week: Monday, April 5 through Sunday, April 11, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

This week and next, the contractor will also continue to perform ground survey, install drainage and utilities, clear trees, install erosion controls, and material and equipment deliveries occurring along the right-of-way on the Fall River Secondary.

This week and next, the contractor also will install micro-piles at Collins Street Bridge in Fall River – local residents can expect access to River Street to be limited to Clark Street only.

Locations of Work:
Freetown Station site, 161 South Main Street, Assonet
Fall River Depot site, 825 Davol Street, Fall River
Weaver’s Cove Layover Facility, 2680 North Main Street, Fall River

Fall River Secondary Line railroad right-of-way between Adams Lane in Berkley and Fall River Depot
Collins Street Railroad Bridge, Fall River

Dates/Hours of Work:
Current week: Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Next week: Monday, April 5 through Friday, April 9, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Retaining Wall Construction

The contractor continues the installation of steel sheeting for retaining walls in the railroad right-of-way from Beechwood Road to Forge Road in Freetown.

Installation of soldier piles for retaining walls in the vicinity of the Freetown Station site also continues this week and next.

Dates/Hours of Work:
Current week: Monday, March 29 through Saturday, April 3, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Next week: Monday, April 5 through Saturday, April 10, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The South Coast Rail Project has a new Construction Hotline number.

If you would like to report a construction-related issue on the South Coast Rail project, please call the hotline at (617) 222-4099. The hotline will be answered Monday-Friday, between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM (except holidays). All voicemails left outside of these hours will be received on the following 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM weekday shift.

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  1. Frieda

    December 7, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Crooks! No retaining walls to “protect stranded riders who must walk to roadway” anywhere but here. MBTA is giving us the Dakotas’ Freestone Pipeline! These walls are just another sweetheart deal for Marty Cosra Excel Recycling European Metals Recycling, while healthy, stable dirt’s replaced with Carver Cos.’ “crushed stone ballast”. What binds that crushed stone? Toxins. RAMPANT CORRUPTION AND GREED: MBTA Fiscal Mgmt. Board reported to feds: Baker let it die in June, lect it dead and buried.

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