The MBTA is building a new, fully accessible Chelsea Commuter Rail Station next to the final SL3 stop in Chelsea. When complete, the new station will connect the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Lines to the SL3. While building the new station, we are also upgrading the rail signal system and replacing the railroad crossings at Eastern Avenue, Third Street, and Everett Avenue in Chelsea, as well as 2nd Street in Everett. To prepare for the railroad crossing work, the MBTA’s contractor will continue utility work in the coming weeks as described below.
Upcoming Traffic Impacts
To safely perform work at the railroad crossings, traffic will be impacted in the following locations at these scheduled* times:
•Everett Avenue in Chelsea – Monday, May 18, through Wednesday, May 27, from 7 AM to 3 PM each day (no work on Memorial Day, May 25). Northbound traffic will be detoured around the railroad crossing. Southbound traffic will not be impacted. Northbound traffic on Everett Avenue will be directed to follow this detour route:
*Turn right on Spruce Street. After crossing the railroad tracks, turn left on Beech Street. Turn left on Maple Street, then turn right to continue north on Everett Avenue.
•2nd Street in Everett – Thursday, May 28, through Friday, June 5, from 7 AM to 3 PM each day. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane with alternating traffic in each direction.
Work takes place on weekdays only. If work is completed ahead of schedule at one crossing, work will immediately commence at the next scheduled crossing (Monday through Friday). Police details will help direct traffic around all railroad crossings while construction is in progress.
MBTA Commuter Rail riders will not be impacted by this work.