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Needham Kendrick Street Ramps Ribbon Cutting, Sept 16, 2016MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack today joined federal, state, and local officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the Kendrick Street Ramps, a major milestone for the larger I-95 Add-A-Lane Project.

The project is reconstructing approximately 3.5 miles of I-95 mainline between a point just south of the Kendrick Street Bridge to one just north of the Route 9/I-95 interchange.  The goal of the project is to increase safety on the mainline by adding a travel lane.  The project will also reconstruct the following bridges to accommodate the widened I-95 mainline and/or new ramp connections:  Kendrick Street over I-95; Highland Avenue over I-95; Central Street over I-95; and I-95 over Route 9.

This project will improve safety along I-95 from just south of Kendrick Street to just north of the Interstate 95/Route 9 interchange and includes the replacement of several bridges, the creation of new collector/distributor roads, and the reconfiguration of the interchange at Route 9.

For those bridges which pass over I-95, multimodal connectivity has also been taken into account with new bicycle accommodations a part of the project at Kendrick Street and Highland Avenue.  At Kendrick Street these connections are already open and have been praised by local cyclists as useful and helpful.

MassDOT has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for the Needham-Wellesley I-95 Add-a-Lane Project as follows:

Wednesday, September 21, 6:30-8:30pm, Needham Town Hall, James Hugh Powers Auditorium, 1471 Highland Avenue.

The meeting will provide an overview of the project’s progress over the past several months and a preview of coming operations during fall 2016, including traffic impacts associated with upcoming construction operations at the I-95/Route 9 and I-95/Highland Avenue interchanges.

Check the project website for the latest information.

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