Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Resident Question: When Will Magoun Square Street Improvements Be Complete?

Q: So, now that it's June, when is Magoun Square going to be finished? (Signalization, signs, street markings, extra lamp posts, etc.)

A: The City is just as eager to see Magoun Square street improvements complete, but the Mayor and our highway engineers want them done properly. This is a Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) project, which means the City of Somerville does not control the work schedule. But the City does have the right to either accept or reject the work done. Currently, the City has not accepted the work done because a few outstanding issues remain. Every effort is being made to ensure those issues are addressed swiftly. But, like any City project, Magoun improvements are being held to a high standard, and until the work meets those standards, the project will remain an ongoing project. This is the better approach for the long haul. So while it is an inconvenience, it is a necessary one. We'll keep you posted on any new developments.


  1. And here we are, almost October. Why isn't the work finished yet? Seriously, what are these "outstanding issues"?

  2. Anonymous, Thank you for following up on this. Here's what's happening. We are working with as much haste as possible to negotiate with the state to make repairs to unsatisfactory work performed by the contractor that was hired by the state to carry out Magoun streetscape improvements. Don’t mean to be mysterious here, but going into details at this point could jeopardize our negotiations. I can assure you, however, that the City shares your frustration with the delay and that we have made, and will continue to make, every effort to move this project to completion as soon as possible. The work must be done properly. An update will be posted here as soon as there is news.


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