Three Somerville Bridges To Close During Green Line Extension

SOMERVILLE (WBZ NewsRadio) — Three bridges in Somerville, Mass. are about to close for approximately one year due to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Green Line extension project.

The project will extend the Green Line to Union Square in Somerville and College Avenue in Medford, according to the MBTA. The line currently goes as far north as Lechmere.

According to the MBTA, the project is also meant to improve traffic on the roads. The location of the Lechmere stop will be relocated.

The Broadway bridge at Ball Square closes on Friday until March of 2020. Some small businesses in the area are concerned about the project.

True Grounds coffee in Ball Square in Somerville has been there for 15 years. They are expecting a 15 percent drop in business.

Across the street is Victor’s Meat and Deli. Employee Jason Fucile is more optimistic.

“Over 100 guys working here. They’re going to have to eat. They’re going to have to support coffee shops, bakeries. This is a good square for it to happen. So, you have to be optimistic. You can’t go into it with a bad attitude,” Fucile said.

The Washington Street underpass and the Medford Street bridge at Gilman Square will close during construction.

(Photo: Getty Images)

WBZ NewsRadio’s Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

 

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