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Boston: I-93 Viaduct Parking, Light Display

Boston: I-93 Viaduct Parking, Light Display

MassDOT today announced the new “Infra-Space” Program has received eight nominations representing seven communities for proposed redevelopment of space under elevated roads, bridges or viaducts. The redevelopment ideas were received from Boston, Fall River, Holyoke, New Bedford, Somerville, Springfield, and Worcester representing areas under the Braga Bridge in Fall River, Bowker Overpass in Boston, and highways I-93, I-91, I-195, I-290, and I-391.

The eight ideas came in response to a Request for Information distributed to municipalities, businesses, non-profit institutions, property owners, developers, and community and arts organizations asking for nominations and redevelopment project proposals for locations across the Commonwealth where elevated roadways, bridges, viaducts, or other transportation infrastructure are a barrier to neighborhoods, pedestrians, bicyclists, multi-modal travel, urban resources, and economic development opportunities.

“We are pleased to receive several innovative ideas from across the Commonwealth for rethinking and redeveloping these locations,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “We look forward to seeing public-private partnerships established to convert these areas and better serve each community.”

The eight nominations and locations received prior to the posted August 20 application deadline include the following:

• Boston – I-93 and Morrissey Blvd. underpasses, MBTA JFK/UMASS Station- art projects and public space enhancements, multi-modal transportation improvements.
• Boston – Charlesgate/Bowker Overpass- parking, lighting and art projects.
• Fall River – Braga Bridge/Battleship Cove- parking for waterfront attractions.
• Holyoke – Main Street beneath I-391- pathway between South Holyoke and Springdale, lighting and sculpture installations.
• New Bedford – I-195 over Route 18- recreational space, bicycle and pedestrian pathway, art projects.
• Somerville – I-93 and Route 28 intersections with Broadway, Gilman Street, Cross Street East / Stop & Shop- gateways, art projects, and “freight farm” containers to encourage local food production.
• Springfield – I-91 viaduct around Springfield Parking Authority garages- surface parking improvements, paved walkways, bike racks, enhanced transportation services.
• Worcester – I-290 between Shrewsbury Street and Grafton Street- gateways, pedestrian and bicycle links, parking, art spaces, recreational uses.

MassDOT will be seeking project proposals for entering into public-private partnerships to improve underutilized spaces in the coming weeks. Information is available on the web at: www.mass.gov/massdot/realestate

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