Boston Announces Traffic Changes; Road closures ahead of Orange Line closure – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) — Boston city leaders have announced changes in traffic ahead of the month-long Orange Line shutdown beginning Friday.

The city said some downtown streets will be closed to accommodate shuttle buses that will serve as a replacement for the missing Orange Line service, as well as the sections of Green Line service that will also be closed.

State Street and St. Paul Street will be closed to traffic to accommodate shuttle buses. Government Center and Copley Sq. are two of the areas that are expected to become hubs for commuters using the shuttle bus service.

The city urged those affected by the Orange Line shutdown not to travel as an alternative to public transit to ease downtown congestion. The city also said many lanes and some parking spaces are earmarked for shuttle buses.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said commuters should expect some level of chaos and disruption, especially in the first few days when the shutdown goes into effect.

“It will be impossible to avoid chaos altogether,” Wu said. “…the addition of this extra layer of disruption and uncertainty will result in people’s lives becoming unpredictable.”

The MBTA also announced additional SL4 stops to serve the Chinatown neighborhood.

Experts have warned that the months-long shutdown could result in gridlock in areas in and around the city. Officials in other cities affected by the shutdown have also expressed concern about the impact on their residents, who rely on public transportation.

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