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image002-12The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors has approved a $31.1 million-dollar contract for the Newton/Needham Corridor Improvement Project. This project utilizes a multimodal design approach to balance the needs of all users and encompasses a 1.7 mile stretch of roadway including Highland Avenue, the bridge over the Charles River, Needham Street, and a segment of Winchester Street.

“I am thrilled that this much anticipated project is moving into construction this summer,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “This heavily traveled corridor will receive a much needed upgrade and because of the involvement of the local delegation, the communities, and a high level of participation from the public, we are able to achieve our goal of providing important safety and functionality improvements while adding pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.”

This project includes roadway widening, milling, paving and overlay. Construction activities will create raised bike lanes, shared use paths and new sidewalks. Traffic signals will be replaced in 5 locations with new traffic signals being installed in 2 locations. In addition, storm water basin and infiltration trenches will be installed to help with drainage.

The goal of this project is to improve pedestrian accommodations, provide bicycle accommodations and improve traffic operations and safety. Project construction is slated to begin this summer.

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