Leverett Circle construction causes gridlock in downtown Boston

BOSTON (WHDH) - State police say construction on the Leverett Circle caused gridlock traffic throughout downtown Boston Thursday afternoon.

A construction detail installing handicap ramps in the area led to heavy delays — doubling the commuting time for hundreds of people.

The work was scheduled to go longer but, due to the traffic buildup, construction was halted early.

Major delays at Charles Circle near Massachusetts General Hospital caused issues everywhere else in the city.

Storrow Drive eastbound was backed up to the Boston University Bridge.

The gridlock also impacted the Mass. Ave. Bridge in both directions in addition to the inbound side of the Longfellow Bridge, where bumper-to-bumper traffic stretched back to Kendall Square.

Traffic on the Zakim was also disrupted, with cars at a standstill on the Leverett down-ramp.

The lower deck was jammed from Assembly.

The expressway was the least of the issues for Thursday’s evening commute — experiencing only the normal delays.

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