The Commonwealth's Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has started construction on a $11.3 million road-narrowing project for Hammond Pond Parkway in Newton.
Hammond Pond Parkway is currently a four-lane highway running between Beacon Street in Newton to Horace James Circle in Brookline.
For most of its length, the Parkway currently has no sidewalks – just a pair of well-worn dirt pathways along its curbs.
The current project, which we initially reported on in its planning stages in early 2021, will reduce most of the roadway north of Boylston Street in Newton from four lanes to two, and create new greenspace alongside a new 12-foot shared-use path in place of the existing southbound lanes along the west side of the roadway:
“Not only is this project important to the regional transportation network, it helps ensure our parkways provide neighborhoods with safe and accessible connections to economic centers and natural resources,” DCR Commissioner Brian Arrigo said in a DCR press release announcing the project earlier this week. “This project will make this busy road safer for the community while increasing green space for recreation and promoting sustainable transportation.”