*Construction Update – Exit 18 off of Rt.128 NB will be closed Friday July 20th starting at 7 PM and will reopen on Saturday July 21st at 7:00 AM for final paving. The roundabout will also be closed during this time. VMS Boards and detour signs will be set up at Cole St and Groce St redirecting traffic as necessary. Police will also be on site to help assist travelers if needed. Thanks for your patience.*
The Exit 18 Essex Street Roundabout project is designed to convert the stop-controlled intersection of Essex Street and Old Essex Road to a single lane roundabout. The project includes pavement removal, full depth reconstruction, upgrading the drainage system, installation of concrete sidewalks, installation of a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) at the crosswalk on the eastbound approach of Essex Street, and the replacement of the guardrail at the northwest quadrant on the roundabout.
Minor components of the project are already underway but the more significant construction activities will begin in a couple weeks. The project is expected to be completed in one construction season. Please check this page for timeline and general construction updates. Please use the link below to view the construction plans for the project.