The City of Newton and the Town of Needham closed the Elliot Street Bridge in the Upper Falls section of Newton, on July 7, 2016. The bridge will remain closed until December 2016. There are several detours in place in Needham and Newton, but the police department anticipates a heavier flow of traffic during morning and afternoon commutes with schools now in session and residents returning home from summer vacations. Residents are encouraged to plan their travel accordingly and expect delays if they transit in this area.
The first day of school here in the city of Newton is Tuesday, September 7, 2016. Areas that will be impacted are Chestnut Street, Oak, Needham, Christina and surrounding streets in the Upper Falls area. Businesses remain open in Upper Falls and continued patronage is appreciated.
In addition, for the City in general, please remember to take extra care on the roads with the start of school, return of school buses and children walking to school.