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Section of Route 128 in Mass. to Close for 2 Days

Traffic will be diverted off the highway

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    A heavily-traveled section of I-95/Route 128 in Needham, Massachusetts, will shut down for two days in November so the old Highland Avenue Bridge can be demolished. (Published Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016)

    Drivers get ready! A portion of Route 128 in Needham, Massachusetts, will be shut down for a weekend in November while construction crews demolish the old Highland Avenue bridge.

    "The weekend is very busy, I think this is definitely going to hurt our business," said Dina Medeiros, an employee at Acapulcos.

    Some businesses in Needham are concerned about the highway closing while some aren't.

    According to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, demolition of the old Highland Avenue bridge will take place from Friday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7.

    Section of Route 128 in Mass. to Close for 2 Days

    [NECN] Section of Route 128 in Mass. to Close for 2 Days
    A heavily-traveled section of Route 128 in Needham, Massachusetts, will be closed for two days in November. (Published Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016)

    "I don't think this will be a big problem," said Sheila Roy, owner of Boston Consignment. "A lot of people who shop with us know their way around and they'll find a way to get here."

    Local businesses have endured the construction zone near Highland Avenue since January of last year.

    It's all part of Add a Lane, a project that expands the mainline highway and upgrades interchanges.

    "We have lost business because of it," said Medeiros.

    Photo credit: MassDOT

    Amy Cunningham-Waltz, a manager from Gymboree, agrees.

    "Horrible. Horrible," said Cunningham-Waltz. "Weekends we have four classes in a row it's huge, it's like a regular workday for us."

    Photo credit: MassDOT

    Construction workers that spoke to necn said highway traffic will divert to on and off ramps that will take them across Highland Avenue and back onto the highway.

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