The City of Medford was awarded a $400,000 grant to implement several high-priority complete streets improvements from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to increase safety and accessibility throughout the City.
The City, via site inspections and multiple meetings with stakeholders and with the assistance of transportation and traffic engineering consultants, Toole Design Group, LLC, devised a prioritization plan which contained 20 projects, and which was submitted to the Commonwealth. Following are concept plans of the first 6 projects approved by the funding program.
These concept plans were shared with attendees at community info meetings held on February 22 and March 2, 2017.
High Street at Allston — Pedestrian improvements will be made on High Street at the Brooks Elementary School to reduce crossing distance and to slow oncoming traffic. The project will involve installation of curb extensions, rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB), curb ramps, and striping. Also, catch basin relocation and appropriate bike signage and striping will occur.
The West Medford Square (Warren Street, Playstead Road and Canal Street) intersection improvements will reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians, calm traffic, and improve pedestrian visibility. There will be new curb extensions, pavement markings and new curb ramps.
The intersection of Main Street and Medford Street at Tufts Pool, Park and Curtis-Tufts School – another area where the City will improve safety and visibility via traffic calming and channeling. The concept presented for this area includes constructing the curb extensions at the existing crosswalk across Main Street and aligning Main Street to a tighter approach angle, installing a “Stop” sign rather than Yield; installing rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB) to improve vehicular yielding at Willard Avenue, Main Street and Medford Street; constructing new ADA-compliant ramps at the curb extensions, and creating a separate parking lot abutting Main Street. In addition, there will be bicycle accommodations such as signage and sharrows along Main and Medford Streets within this project area.
Within Medford Square — the intersection of Salem Street at Ashland Street and River Street will feature curb extensions, ADA accessibility and rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB) in order to shorten the existing crosswalk across Salem Street and to increase pedestrian visibility.
The Winthrop Circle — intersecting at High Street will construct new ADA curb ramps at five intersections, install a pedestrian refuge island at the intersection of Rural Ave. and High St., stripe splitter islands at all approaches, install “Yield” signs at all approaches, stripe dotted line circle at the roundabout and shorten crosswalks for pedestrians in order to also increase visibility.
Our final focus is on the Boston Avenue Corridor — from High Street to the Somerville Line will have bicycle accommodations including – where feasible – dedicated bike lanes. Corridor segments that do not support bike lanes will have appropriate markings. Signage will be installed, as well.