Monday, September 19, 2011

Help Shape the Future of the McGrath Highway Corridor: Public Meeting Tuesday 9/20

Should the elevated portions of McGrath be removed? What can be done to improve pedestrian safety along the Route 28 corridor? How will the Green Line Extension impact the McGrath area?

These and other questions regarding the future of the Rte. 28 corridor will be addressed at Tuesdays' public meeting on "Grounding McGrath: Determining the Future of the Route 28 Corridor" run by MassDot. Here's their announcement:

Ownership of the Route 28 (McGrath Highway) corridor was transferred to MassDOT from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) as part of the consolidation efforts required by the 2009 transportation reform legislation (Chapter 25 of the Acts of 2009 - An Act Modernizing the Transportation System of the Commonwealth). In partnership with the City of Somerville, MassDOT has initiated Grounding McGrath: Determining the Future of the Route 28 Corridor (Grounding McGrath Study) in response to the following issues: 
  • The McCarthy Overpass, which carries Route 28 (McGrath Highway) over Washington Street in Somerville, will need substantial repair in the near future
  • Several significant planning efforts are underway for the areas adjacent to the Route 28 (McGrath Highway) corridor  
  • Extension of the MBTA Green Line to Somerville and Medford has entered the design/construction phase and has the potential to significantly change the area
  • Moving forward, the Route 28 (McGrath Highway) corridor will continue to play a pivotal role in providing multi-modal access for the area and the immediately adjacent neighborhoods
This conceptual planning study effort offers MassDOT and the general public the opportunity to consider the future use and potential removal of elevated portions of the roadway within the City of Somerville and to enhance access for all modes of travel. The Grounding McGrath Study will seek to not only balance the needs of all transportation users, but to facilitate connections along the corridor, and encourage development that will have a positive impact on the neighborhoods and the region as a whole.

PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING: September 20, 2011, 6 p.m.
Somerville High School (Auditorium) 81 Highland Avenue, Somerville

MassDOT will review the goals and objectives of the study, present a summary of the existing conditions analysis, review the upcoming scheduled repair work for the McCarthy Overpass, and solicit input from the public. The meeting will conclude with a question and answer session with the project team. Team members will also be available before the meeting to answer questions.

If you require access or language accommodations, please contact Regan Checchio, 617-357-5772 x14. If you would like to sign up for the project mailing list, please email Rachel Hammerman, Regina Villa Associates: rhammerman@reginavilla.com.

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