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There are about 390 people working on the Green Line construction now

“Making tracks: Pace of work on Green Line extension project is picking up” (Boston Globe)

“Tons of dirt are being removed and trucked to the Somerville-Cambridge border, where it will be used to form an elevated base for a new Green Line vehicle facility.

Nearby, massive concrete structures leap out of the earth to eventually carry viaducts to the new destinations.

Noise barriers, retaining walls, and drainage systems are being installed alongside neighbors’ backyards. And bridges and old buildings are being demolished to make space, marking a huge disruption to Somerville’s road network.”

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Interview with Green Line Extension project manager John Dalton

Joe Lynch interviews John Dalton about bridge closures, ADA compliance, and station design.

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Community insists on accessibility of Green Line stations

“Anger grows over design of green line stations that limit access and add distance for disabled” (Cambridge Day)

“State transportation officials are likely to get an earful at an open house Wednesday meant to explain what’s happening with the green line extension, as residents and officials don’t like what they already know. At Monday’s meeting of the City Council, residents and officials rallied behind an order by councillor E. Denise Simmons to rework plans for a Union Square stop, where the design will make it harder to board for riders coming from Cambridge or for people with disabilities or mobility issues.

Councillors called the situation “deplorable” and raised the prospect of a lawsuit.”

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The bridge closures are here

The price of the future Green Line through Somerville is a lot of annoying construction. In a couple of weeks that begins in earnest with the first major bridge closing. Here’s the schedule:

  • Broadway bridge at Ball Square: March 22, 2019 – March 2020
  • Washington St underpass in East Somerville: April 2019 – Fall 2019 and also Spring 2020 – Fall 2020
  • Medford St bridge at Gilman Square: July 2019 – Spring 2020
  • School St bridge: End of 2019 – Fall 2020
  • Cedar St bridge: Early 2020
  • Lowell St bridge: Summer 2020

The closures of the Broadway and Medford Street bridges are necessary in order to accommodate the construction of new Green Line light-rail tracks. Currently, these bridges are only wide enough to accommodate the existing commuter rail service that operates beneath them. The Washington St. bridge requires a complete reconstruction of abutments and structural span in order to accommodate the addition of new light-rail transit service and the Community Path.

“Here’s the schedule for the Green Line Extension bridge closures — and how to get around them” (Boston.com)

This article has useful maps for all three closures and their associated detours for vehicles, buses, bikes, and pedestrians.

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Check out the rail and trolley lines in Somerville in 1925

Zoom in on this wonderful 1925 map to see the many surface lines that served Somerville. With the Green Line Extension, we’re bringing back historical greatness!

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New Green Line station plans and 3D renderings

All the plans and documents shared at the January 30 public meeting have now been published. You can look through everything on the STEP Green Line map by clicking on any station. Or you can download the PDFs and slides.

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Somerville Journal covers Green Line meeting

“GLX: Coming soon to a Somerville station near you”

MBTA Deputy Program Manager of Stakeholder Engagement Terry McCarthy acknowledged that they heard plenty of questions from Somervillians, especially about landscaping and planting. He said the project team is still negotiating how to effectively communicate with residents.

“We’ve been working on the project for about a year,” he said, “And it’s a design-build project, so in the working group we talked about how to present where we are.”

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Green Line public meeting

It was a packed house last night as many people came to look at the current Green Line plans, ask questions, and offer feedback. View some photos of the event.

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New detailed plans for the Community Path

The MBTA released some high-resolution draft plans of the new Community Path route and associated access points, noise walls, and so on. Download the big PDF and take a look.

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Green Line construction on track

“MBTA: No snags so far on Green Line extension work” (Boston Herald)

“The leader of the MBTA’s Green Line Extension project told T overseers Monday that the trolley service extension is about 60 percent designed and said he has not seen signs of possible snags on the horizon.

Dalton said the bulk of the construction-related work taking place now is related to drainage infrastructure, retaining walls and noise barriers. Demolition of buildings will begin later this month, he said, and the impacts of the construction will soon become more evident.

In late March, the Broadway Bridge will close for 12 months and the Washington Street bridge will be closed from April until November to accommodate Green Line Extension construction, Dalton said.”

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