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Drivers Bracing for Nightmare Traffic on Route 128

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    Many in the Greater Boston area are bracing for a nightmare commute on Route 128 soon. (Published Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016)

    Many in the Greater Boston area are bracing for a nightmare commute on Route 128 soon.

    Construction crews are in place to tear down the 86-year-old Highland Avenue bridge in Needham, Massachusetts, starting Friday night.

    At 8 p.m., the northbound side of 128 and Highland Avenue will close. The southbound side will close by Saturday afternoon.

    "During that time frame, you'll see a rolling congestion going through the area," MassDOT highway director Walter Heller said.

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    Although there will be a bypass road set up by crews, highway officials are warning of three mile long back ups.

    About 5,000 cars travel this highway during the weekend's peak, while the bypass road to get around the construction zone can only handle about 4,000 cars, which means the best way to avoid a headache is to avoid the area.

    While businesses on Highland Avenue will feel the biggest impact, drivers heading south will also feel the pain. Commuters will have to drive miles past Highland Avenue to Great Plain Avenue, then head back north to get onto Highland.

    Twenty-four police officers will be on site to help out with traffic, and the plan is to have all the construction ready for the Monday morning commute.

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