Recent Streetsblog MASS posts about Somerville

A street-level before-and-after rendering of the proposed changes to Somerville's Powder House Circle. Courtesy of the City of Somerville.

Somerville to Shrink Powder House Traffic Circle

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In the next few weeks, the City of Somerville will use quick-build materials to transform the Powderhouse Circle traffic rotary, a six-way junction of busy walking and biking routes at the southern edge of the Tufts University campus, into a smaller roundabout with protected bike lanes, shortened crosswalks, and increased space for pedestrians. The current […]
Overview map of sidewalk and crosswalk improvements near the junction of Routes 28 and 38 in Somerville

Advocacy Works: MassDOT Re-Prioritizes Basic Safety Upgrades For Somerville

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On Wednesday evening, a follow-up public hearing on MassDOT’s proposed I-93 viaduct rehabilitation project found a significantly warmer reception from neighbors and elected officials after the state agency promised to prioritize sidewalk and crosswalk upgrades this year, before a major highway viaduct rehabilitation project begins in earnest. As reported previously, state highway officials came under […]
Walking from one side of McGrath Highway to the other along Mystic Avenue requires pedestrians to cross multiple highway ramps and and along a "sidewalk" in the middle of the highway.

MassDOT Prioritizing Highway Project Before Safety Fixes At Somerville’s Most Deadly Intersection

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Elected officials and advocates in Somerville are putting intense pressure on state highway officials for fast-tracking a $37 million project to repair the Interstate 93 viaduct ahead of a modest $6 million safety project for nearby surface roadways where reckless drivers regularly kill and maim local residents. At the May 17 virtual meeting of Somerville’s […]