MBTA service set to resume across Commonwealth Avenue bridge

A cyclist navigated Commonwealth Avenue during construction.
Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
A cyclist navigated Commonwealth Avenue during construction.

After two weeks of bus shuttles replacing part of the B branch of the MBTA’s Green Line, many commuters will be happy to learn that full trolley service is expected to be restored Friday afternoon, one day ahead of schedule.

The reconstruction of the westbound side of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge shut down standard Green Line service between the Blandford Street and Babcock Street stops on July 27 and replaced it with Peter Pan buses.

“Our crews are continuing to work 24/7 and we are pleased to be restoring MBTA Green Line B trolley service ahead of schedule this afternoon, and lifting vehicular travel restrictions on the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and the BU Bridge tomorrow,” Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Friday.


Green Line service is expected to be back to normal by Friday’s afternoon commute. The rest of the major construction is scheduled to be completed Saturday.

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“Travelers and members of the public are advised to continue to use caution as this area will remain an active construction zone while crews carry out minimally impactful finishing work,” the release said.

There could still be more traffic impacts coming up in the next few weeks during off-peak hours, as crews will be completing sidewalks, placing pavement markings, and finishing a wall, the release said.

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