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Posted on: June 8, 2022

MAJOR TRAFFIC ALERT -I-295/Exit 7 Ramp Closures Begin June 12

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Beginning Sunday evening, June 12, 2022, the intermediate layer of pavement will be placed within the I-295 Exit 7 (Franklin St) work zone. This work will require the on and off ramps of Exit 7 to be closed as well as the intersection of Marginal Way and Franklin Street, which will be closed in all directions, except for the allowance of a right turn from Marginal Way onto Franklin Street heading East which is the METRO bus route. Work will occur overnight beginning at 7 PM and lasting until 6 AM. The work will be weather dependent and is expected to last for 3 nights. Access to Marginal Way will be available through local streets.  

The variable message boards around the project area, as well as on I-295, will alert motorists to the latest ramp closure information. Motorists should make plans to seek alternate routes during this time. 

These closures are part of the City’s Back Cove South Storage Facility Project, and are necessary in order to connect the existing utilities within the intersection of Marginal Way and Franklin Street to the new storage tanks under the Preble Street playing fields. 

The project is one of the City’s latest sewer separation projects to prevent combined sewer overflows into Back Cove. The work to reduce overflows is part of the City’s agreement with the U.S. EPA to reduce and eliminate the flow of combined waste being discharged. A combined sewer system transports wastewater from home, industries, and businesses, as well as storm water collected from streets, parking lots, roofs, and yards to the East End Wastewater Treatment Plant. A combined sewer overflow occurs when the combined sewer capacity is overwhelmed during heavy rain events and a mix of sewer and storm water is discharged into Back Cove. 

The project schedule and related graphics can be found on the Public Works website.

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