Posted by Ethan Britland, Project Manager
Please join us for a Public Information Meeting on the Grounding McGrath: Determining the Future of the Route 28 Corridor Study:
Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Albert F. Argenziano School, 290 Washington Street, Somerville
MassDOT will present draft recommendations from the study, answer questions and welcome comments.
The recommendations are the culmination of a multi-year collaborative planning effort between MassDOT and community stakeholders to determine the future of the Route 28 Corridor. McGrath Highway (Route 28 from Mystic Avenue/I-93 to the Cambridge boundary) is a relic of another time, when 1950’s auto-dominated transportation began to shape our communities.
The Grounding McGrath study has been evaluating the long-term needs of the Route 28 corridor. And significant planning is already underway for economic development in the area adjacent to the corridor, including the MBTA Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford; the Community Path; the NorthPoint development in Cambridge; and the City of Somerville's planning efforts in Inner Belt, Brickbottom and Union Square. As growth continues, the corridor will play a pivotal role in providing multimodal access for these areas and neighborhoods.
The McCarthy Overpass, the elevated structure that carries Route 28 over Washington Street in Somerville, is currently in need of substantial repairs.
The Grounding McGrath study is also being supported by the work of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Health Impact Assessment Study. This collaborative effort between MassDOT and Public Health is a key outcome of the 2009 transportation reform law and establishment of the Healthy Transportation Compact.
Learn more by visiting the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website.
This is a vital area in the region – robust with economic growth and development and home to a vibrant group of stakeholders. I hope you can join our effort to improve the corridor!
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