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Craigie Bridge Charles River Dam Rd Bike Lanes, May 2019MassDOT has announced the reconfiguring of lanes of travel on Charles River Dam Road in Boston and Cambridge, including the Craigie Bridge, in order to improve safety for the public.

In June, crews will begin activities to reconstruct the roadway so there will be two motor vehicle travel lanes in each direction, one bicycle lane in each direction separated from the vehicle lanes by vertical stanchions, and a dedicated turn lane onto Land Boulevard.

These roadway improvements will also include adding enhanced pavement markings, wayfinding signage, and traffic signalization for both bicycles and vehicles. This work will be timed so that the impact on the traveling public in peak hours will be minimal and work is expected to be completed by August.

“We have been pleased to work closely with the local community, advocates, elected officials, and key stakeholders to update and refine these long-planned roadway changes so that they increase safety for this important corridor,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Providing safe transportation options for all users is a priority of MassDOT and we look forward to implementing this change in the coming months.”

“We are excited to be making roadway enhancements, including adding bicycle lanes separated with flex posts, to this important corridor between Boston and Cambridge,” said MassDOT Director of Sustainable Mobility Jackie DeWolfe. “MassDOT is continuing to invest in our transportation system in ways that increase safety and comfort for all people regardless of their mode of travel.”

“We appreciate MassDOT’s work to provide dedicated lanes for cyclists on their busy roadways as this will improve safety and better manage traffic flow,” said City of Boston Chief of Streets Chris Osgood. “These two new bike lanes and further investment in state roads will provide another link in our region’s growing network of bicycle infrastructure and help continue to make transportation easy, safe and equitable for all.”

These upcoming improvements are the result of a Roadway Safety Audit, public outreach process, and collaborative efforts between MassDOT and local stakeholders.

“These improvements are a great example of MassDOT collaborating with municipalities, community members, and advocates to improve safety on state-owned roads,” said Joseph Barr, Director of the City of Cambridge’s Traffic, Parking, and Transportation Department. “Charles River Dam Road and the Craigie Bridge connect two cities that are committed to Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries, and we greatly appreciate MassDOT’s support in helping to protect everyone who is traveling between Cambridge and Boston.”

“We are very pleased that MassDOT listened to the concerns of advocates and bicyclists and found a way to widen and add flex posts along a majority of the new bike lanes on the Craigie Dam Bridge Road, as well as bicycle signals at key intersections to prevent conflicts at turns,” said Boston Cyclists Union Executive Director Becca Wolfson. “What we appreciate most is a second instance — similar to the Longfellow Bridge bike facility design — when MassDOT showed leadership in revisiting an old plan that met outdated safety goals to update it to reflect their current priorities, bike facility demand, and best practices as far as physical separation is concerned.”

MassDOT is continuing to improve core infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth, as over the 5-year period which began July 1, 2018, MassDOT expects to spend over $7.6 billion on roadway and bridge construction projects. This includes support for the Municipal Small Bridge and Complete Streets Funding Programs, two local funding programs created by the Baker-Polito Administration.

MassDOT appreciates the cooperation and patience of the traveling public as transportation infrastructure is improved. Members of the public are encouraged to utilize the appropriate technology tools including mass511.com, MassDOT’s GoTime travel app, and other wayfinding resources to find the most appropriate route, mode, and timing of travel during construction operations.

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