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Allston I-90 Multimodal Project Overview 2019MassDOT is announcing that the Federal Highway Administration today published in the Federal Register the “Notice of Intent” for the Allston Multimodal Project.

This action initiates the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process via a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) under the One Federal Decision, Executive Order 13807.  The next step in this process is currently anticipated to occur in November and will be the availability for public review and comment of a project scoping report for the DEIS which will include discussion on the project elements.

“For more than four years, the Allston Multimodal Project has been the subject of intense public engagement and design development and I am pleased that we have reached this milestone with the publishing of the Notice of Intent,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack.  “I would like to thank our federal and state partners for agreeing to participate in the ‘One Federal Decision’ process which will ensure continued collaboration as we move ahead with permitting, design and other next steps.”

“The Notice of Intent underscores our commitment to moving ahead on the Allston Multimodal Project,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver.  “Critical issues such as project phasing, mitigation and the timing of building West Station remain to be evaluated and decided but we are pleased at where we stand now as we move forward to build the Highway At-Grade Hybrid With Elevated Soldiers Field Road design.”

The project team’s timetable going forward will include:

  • A public meeting in November on the project scoping report for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement
  • The availability for public review and comment in November of a project scoping report for the DEIS
  • A public meeting of the Allston Multimodal Project Task Force on Wednesday, November 13
  • The filing of a MEPA Notice of Project Change in early 2020
  • The filing of the Final Environmental Impact Report by Spring 2021
  • Procurement of a design-build construction contractor in late 2021.

Since 2014, MassDOT has held more than 45 public and Task Force meetings in order to vet all aspects of the project elements with neighborhood residents, representatives of local organizations, and regional transportation stakeholders.   For more information, please visit the project website.

 

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