BOSTON -- Beginning this Sunday, May 4, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will be closing Route 2 overnight to repair the center pier of the Hamilton Street Bridge in Leominster.

Route 2 Westbound at Exit 32 (Route 13) will be closed on Sunday, May 4, through Thursday, May 8, from the hours of 10 PM to 5 AM. Route 2 Eastbound at Exit 31A (Rte 12) will be closed on Sunday, May 4, through Thursday, May 8, as well as Sunday, May 11, through Thursday, May 15, from the hours of 9 PM to 4 AM.

Work will consist of removing some of the old, damaged concrete and patching with new concrete. MassDOT will also be removing the overhang brackets and temporary shielding that were installed during when the new bridge was built.

Vehicular traffic will be detoured as follows:

All westbound vehicles along Route 2 will be directed to take Exit 32. At the top of the ramp, traffic will take a left onto Route 13, where traffic will follow Route 13 to the intersection with Route 12 for approximately 1.5 miles. Traffic will take a right onto Route 12 and continue for approximately 1.5 miles to the intersection where traffic can reenter Route 2.

All eastbound vehicles along Route 2 will be directed to take Exit 31A. At the top of the ramp, traffic will take a right onto Route 12, where traffic will follow Route 12 to the intersection with Route 13 for approximately 1.5 miles. At that point drivers will take a left onto Route 13, for approximately 1.


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5 miles to the intersection where traffic can reenter Rte 2.

MassDOT encourages drivers to seek alternate routes, to avoid delays. Drivers that must travel through the affected area should expect delays and should reduce speed and use caution while approaching and traveling along the detour routes.

In 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) was created to unify the state's various transportation agencies. MassDOT now includes the Highway Division, the MBTA and Rail Transit Division, the Aeronautics Division, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles. MassDOT is committed to providing a safe and reliable transportation system to all those who travel in the Commonwealth and works to deliver excellent customer service. MassDOT has been nationally recognized for its innovative approach to transportation, including the Accelerated Bridge Program, the "Where's My Bus and Train?" apps and "Fast 14" work.

For more information, visit MassDOT at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot blog: http://blog.mass.gov/transportation/, or follow MassDOT on twitter at https://twitter.com/MassDOT and Facebook at www.facebook.com/massdotinfo.