The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced rather suddenly on Tuesday morning that they would be closing the General Edwards Bridge on Rt. 1A for the entire weekend.
Revere Police Chief Terence Reardon told the Journal that the DCR informed him that they would close the bridge on Saturday morning at 3 a.m. and would not open it to traffic until 5 a.m. on Monday morning.
“In other words, you will not be able to access Route 1A from the North Shore and you won’t be able to get to Lynn and the North Shore from Revere this entire weekend,” said Reardon. “People should avoid Route 1A and the Lynnway and we anticipate major traffic problems on Broadway, the Lynn Marsh Road and Squire Road. It is expected to be a nightmare on the roads this weekend.”
The short notice was also a bit of a surprise, he said.
“It would have been nice to know a little more in advance, but what are you going to do?” he said.
The closure comes about as DCR begins to do repairs to the bridge. Previously, they have closed the bridge during the night hours on weekends, but never for an entire weekend.
The announcement just adds to the burden on Revere residents who seemingly can’t go 50 yards without running into a road or building construction project.
Already, Revere Beach Boulevard, Revere Beach Parkway, Revere Street and Park Avenue are bearing the brunt of major construction that is causing tie-ups in traffic – not to mention the building projects at the new Public Safety Facility and the Rumney Marsh Academy.
City councillors addressed the construction subject briefly on Monday night at the Public Works Committee. There are few solutions, they noted, but many complaints.
“We’ve really been bombarded,” said Councillor Ira Novoselsky. “The city has been surrounded by construction. It is a good thing, but unfortunately it hasn’t been timed that well. It took my friend over one hour to get from the GE Bridge to Wonderland the other day.”