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All Mass. Pike lanes in Allston are open, weeks ahead of schedule

With all lanes in the Allston stretch Massachusetts Turnpike now open, the commute into town should move a little faster.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

With all lanes in the Allston stretch Massachusetts Turnpike now open, the commute into town should move a little faster.

Starting today, the commute on the Massachusetts Turnpike should move a little faster.

All four lanes in both directions on Interstate 90 reopened early Monday morning, according to the state Department of Transportation — nearly three weeks earlier than the timeline first outlined for the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project.

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“The hard work of our crews and contractors is allowing us to meet this important milestone ahead of schedule,” State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said in a statement Sunday night.

The lanes are reopening early because engineering and construction staff were able to finish installing beams and remove a 440-ton crane on the turnpike “more efficiently than originally planned,” Jonathan Gulliver, the state’s acting highway administrator said in the statement.

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Crews adjusted their work zone so that the crane could be dismantled in large sections, using all the available space on the closed westbound side, said Patrick Marvin, a spokesman for MassDOT.

Going forward, lane closures will be periodic, restricted to off-peak hours as the bridge replacement project continues, officials said.

The schedule for completing the rest of the project remains unchanged, according to the statement.

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Construction will continue to impact traffic on Commonwealth Avenue and the Boston University Bridge, as well as travel on the MBTA Green Line B-branch and bus routes, until Aug. 14.

Material from the Globe staff contributed to this report. Abigail Feldman can be reached at abigail.feldman@globe.com.
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