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.
MBTA: Fitchburg Line Weekend Service Suspension posted on Mar 27
The MBTA has issued a Service Alert: No Weekend Service on the commuter rail Fitchburg Main Line for the period from April 25th, 2015 through November 22nd, 2015. The suspension of weekend service will allow construction of major improvements on the Fitchburg Main Line to …Continue Reading MBTA: Fitchburg Line Weekend Service Suspension
Employers Honored for Excellence in Commuter Options posted on Mar 26
The efforts of more than 170 Massachusetts businesses, colleges, and universities, who promote active, healthy, and sustainable commute options, were celebrated today for helping Massachusetts to reduce traffic congestion, to promote healthy lifestyles, and benefit the environment. The Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards …Continue Reading Employers Honored for Excellence in Commuter Options
Longfellow Bridge: “Salt and Pepper” Towers Work posted on Mar 26
MassDOT on Saturday, March 28 will begin preparing to dismantle the downstream “salt and pepper” towers as part of the Longfellow Bridge Restoration Project. MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), coordinated with the cities of Cambridge and Boston as well as the MBTA to begin dismantling …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge: “Salt and Pepper” Towers Work