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The most recent Complete Streets project is located at the Winthrop Street rotary. This project includes reconstruction and extension of the sidewalks along High Street/Rural Avenue to increase safety for all users.
As part of the Complete Streets policy, projects are designed and implemented by the City to provide safety and accessibility for all users of our roadways and transit systems, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, motorists, emergency vehicles and for people of all ages and of all abilities.
“The Winthrop Street rotary is a major artery within our City and it has been a safety concern. I am thrilled that this construction project is tightening up an extremely wide roadway that has been dangerous for too long,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “I am looking forward to the completion of this particular project as it is increasing the safety.”
Prior to construction, the crosswalk along High Street to Rural Avenue was approximately 74 feet long, making it very difficult to cross safely and navigate as a pedestrian. Now, the roadway at High Street and Rural Avenue narrows, but will remain open to travel in both directions.
The adjacent crosswalk, on High Street at the eastern side of the circle, was 66 feet long. The position of these crosswalks has remained a concern and the visibility of pedestrians at the crosswalk was poor. Also, bus stops on both sides of the crosswalk were considered in the overall safety as well.
Due to the winter weather conditions, asphalt was used for the sidewalks; however, this upcoming spring concrete will replace the asphalt and the work will be complete.
Overall, this project improves the conditions of the rotary intersection. The City will continue to monitor the intersection and consider additional changes in the future.
Beginning the evening of Monday, December 18th, and continuing through Thursday, December 21st, nighttime construction work is anticipated between the hours of 11:30 PM (after the last train passes) and 6:00 AM the following morning. The approximate location of this activity will run from the College Avenue Bridge to the Harvard Street Bridge along the Lowell Commuter Rail right of way in Medford.
The purpose of this work is to allow for the leveling of newly installed track. The primary machinery involved in this process is a leveling device which rides slowly along the rails while making fine-tuned adjustments to the track grade and alignment. Occasionally, trucks supporting the leveling process may trigger audible back-up alarms.
The GLX Team apologizes for any inconvenience this work may cause, and has instructed work crews to minimize impacts to the community.
This work remains critical to support the next phases of work in preparation for major GLX construction commencing in 2018.
On May 15, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) granted Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC (“AGT”) authority under FERC Docket No. CP17-438-000 to replace a portion of its existing pipeline in Somerville, Arlington and Medford. Over the last several months, you may have noticed AGT performing various survey activities within the existing pipeline corridor in conjunction with its Mystic River Crossing Replacement Project (the “Project”).
AGT’s existing pipeline which will be replaced travels under the Mystic River, but the Project will utilize the horizontal directional drilling (“HDD”) technique so as not to impact the Mystic River. AGT would like to inform you that it began pre-construction activities related to the Project on August 28, 2017. Those activities will consist of site preparation, grading, and clearing. AGT expects construction to commence in September and continue into November. During that time, AGT will place construction equipment on land adjacent to Boston Avenue in Somerville near the Somerville/Medford line and on a parcel of land at the intersection of the Mystic Valley Parkway and Decatur Street/Arizona Terrace in Arlington to support the HDD operation. Some limited traffic restrictions will also be in-place in those immediate areas.
If you have any questions during construction, AGT has set up a 24-hour, toll-free Construction Hotline at (888) 331-6553.
The project would like to update you on the ongoing early works construction activity on the Green Line Extension (GLX).
As construction continues along the railroad right-of-way in Medford and Somerville, abutters can expect to see crews engaging in support of excavation work as early as the week of June 19, 2017 in the vicinity of Tufts University in Medford.
This activity will be within the MBTA railroad right-of-way and work hours are anticipated to be approximately 7 AM – 4:30 PM. This work will include drilling piles and excavation work which will involve moderate to high levels of noise. Abutters may also notice temporary fencing installed along the right-of-way as a safety requirement for construction.
As a reminder, on June 21, 2017, the GLX team will hold a public meeting to provide an update on the project and this early work construction in Medford. The meeting will be held at Medford City Hall Council Chambers (85 George P Hassett Dr, Medford, MA) from 6:00-7:30 PM.
This work is an important step in bringing the Green Line from Cambridge to Medford and Somerville. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the Green Line Extension at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-GLX-INFO (459-4636).
Thank you for your interest in the Green Line Extension project.