Thursday, January 14, 2010


Question/Comment: What happened at the meeting that Mass Highway held on reconstruction of Washington Street? 

City Update 1/29/10:  On January 7th, 2010, a public meeting was held by Mass Highway to discuss plans for the reconstruction of a portion of Washington Street in Somerville.  Mayor Curtatone, representatives of Mass Highway, City officials, concerned residents, and the consulting firm working on the project, Design Consultants, Inc. were in attendance at the Ralph & Jenny Senior Center.  A portion of Washington Street, from McGrath Highway to the Boston City line, is set to be reconstructed, paved over and generally revamped for pedestrian safety and improvement of traffic flow.  

New and better sidewalks, bus stops, traffic lights, and additional trees and trash receptacles are being proposed. All new pedestrian ramps will also be installed, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Planned construction is to be funded using money from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the cost of the project is estimated to be $1.75 million. It is the general consensus that construction will take eight months to finish. Mass Highway informed those at the hearing that construction is likely to begin in late spring. After the officials spoke, the residents in attendance were encouraged to voice their concerns. All those in attendance at the hearing were given an information packet on the project and Somerville residents were encouraged to write to Frank A. Tramontozzi, the Chief Engineer of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. 

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