The Grounding McGrath Study final report is now available. Its primary recommendation is to remove the McCarthy Overpass in Somerville and replace it with a six-lane at-grade urban boulevard. The recommended improvements to the McGrath Highway will be paired with the MBTA Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford to help transform the neighborhoods surrounding them.
This report is the culmination of an extensive feasibility study and public involvement process that evaluated the benefits and impacts of removing the McCarthy Overpass, an elevated structure that carries Route 28 over Washington Street in Somerville that was in need of significant repairs. Built in the early 1950’s, the Route 28 corridor’s elevated structures pre-date not only the Central Artery tunnel, but also the original Interstate 93 elevated viaduct through Boston, Somerville and Cambridge. This construction severed Somerville and its neighborhoods with a steel and concrete barrier.
The study addresses not only the technical challenges of safety and long-term maintenance of the transportation infrastructure but also reconnecting the community, increasing accessibility to all transportation modes, and promoting economic development. The Grounding McGrath Study required a multi-faceted approach to invite community engagement and evaluate a broad range of desired outcomes.
For more information on the Grounding McGrath Study recommendations or to get an electronic copy of the final report please visit: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/groundingmcgrath.
Plan Ahead for Holiday Weekend Travel posted on Sep 1
MassDOT encourages motorists to plan ahead for safe travel during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. Heaviest Labor Day traffic on I-90 is expected Thursday and Friday westbound and Monday afternoon-evening eastbound. Based on the number of toll transactions on the Turnpike from Weston to …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Holiday Weekend Travel
Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest Reminder! posted on Aug 31
Calling All Massachusetts High School Students! MassDOT announces the second annual Safe Streets Smart Trips Statewide High School Video Contest. The contest serves as an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth. …Continue Reading Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest Reminder!
Concord: New MBTA Commuter Rail Bridge to Roll into Place This Weekend posted on Aug 28
As part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line, the MBTA is replacing the old railroad bridge over Route 62/Main Street in Concord with a new bridge to be rolled into place Saturday, August 29. The current bridge has low clearance and …Continue Reading Concord: New MBTA Commuter Rail Bridge to Roll into Place This Weekend