MassDOT is urging motorists to avoid I-93 south in the area of Roosevelt Circle in Medford today as crews make emergency repairs to an overpass that lost a battle with an oversized load on a truck yesterday.
In addition, expect delays traveling on Route 1 south, Route 16, Route 28 and through Roosevelt Circle today and for the next several months as the bridge carrying Roosevelt Circle traffic will not be fully reopened due to permanent repairs which must be made.
An inspection by MassDOT on Monday found damage is extensive to an outside beam on the Roosevelt Circle Eastbound Overpass over the right two I-93 southbound travel lanes. The beam will be removed to safely allow traffic to be fully restored underneath on I-93 southbound. The entire beam and a section of bridge deck, approximately 7 feet wide, will need to be demolished between the west abutment and the center pier, located above I-93 southbound lanes of travel.
The demolition plan involves the use of two clusters of shoring towers which will be set in place vertically under the overpass to straddle the damaged fascia beam. The shoring towers will carry the load of the deck as well as support the damaged beam as the removal takes place.