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.
RMV: New Boston Branch Location Opens Monday, September 15 posted on Sep 12
On Monday, September 15, the MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles Division will welcome customers to its new location in Boston’s Haymarket Center. The new branch is MassDOT owned and has been designed to improve efficiency and enhance customer privacy. The location also offers an E-ZPass …Continue Reading RMV: New Boston Branch Location Opens Monday, September 15
Green Line Extension Public Meeting October 2 posted on Sep 12
The Green Line Extension (GLX) Working Group will meet in October as follows: Thursday, October 2, 4:00-6:00pm, Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville The focus of the meeting is intended to be an interactive session, discussing construction and upcoming community …Continue Reading Green Line Extension Public Meeting October 2
Bus Plus: New Regional Commuter Service posted on Sep 11
MassDOT in partnership with Peter Pan Bus Lines today announced new regional transportation services coming soon as part of the new BusPlus program to increase the intercity and commuter transportation options available across the Commonwealth and all of New England. BusPlus is a public/private partnership …Continue Reading Bus Plus: New Regional Commuter Service