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Broadway bridge closure and proposed detours

The City of Somerville hosted a public meeting about the coming Green Line construction and its impact on the Broadway bridge area. View the slides that cover:

  • Current draft of traffic detours
  • Pedestrian and cyclist detours
  • Bus route changes

“At last, Somerville’s getting the Green Line, but road closures come with it” (Boston Globe)

Mark Niedergang, who represents the Ball Square neighborhood on the Somerville Board of Aldermen, said the city is still eager for the $2.3 billion transit project after years of delays — but the bridge closure will be a massive disruption.

“You’ve got to break eggs to make an omelet, but this is going to be very painful,” he said.

Niedergang and some neighbors are worried cut-through traffic will make local streets unsafe.

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New Green Line opening dates

This is a first: The Green Line Extension schedule just got moved UP a bit. We had expected the Green Line to open in December 2021, but in the latest monthly status report, we have new projected dates:

  • The Union Square branch will open April 28, 2021.
  • The main (Medford) branch will open July 21, 2021.

This could still change, so cross your fingers.

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Detours during Green Line construction

Some key bridges are closing during construction, and those impacts were made clearer at a July 18 public meeting on the Green Line Extension. View the presentation slides, which include information on:

  • New detours announced for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians, with maps of all the impacted roads
  • Community Path updated route
  • Construction status update
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Bridge closures are coming during Green Line construction

Perhaps the most annoying price we’ll pay for the Green Line Extension are bridge closures during construction. Shown here is the current schedule, which may change. Dark green means a closed bridge. For most of these closures, that means no cars, no cyclists, no pedestrians.

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New maps of the Community Path extension

The State has published new draft maps of the future Community Path that will live alongside the Green Line Extension. The new improved route avoids awkward bridge crossings, which is good news.

Old route:

New route:

View slides from the July 10 Community Working Group meeting. Keep reading for more maps.

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Roundup of coverage of the Green Line groundbreaking

“Green Line extension breaks ground — for real, this time” (Boston Globe)

“Officials Break Ground On Green Line Extension” (WBUR)

“Green Line Extension breaks ground” (Somerville Times)

“Federal, state officials celebrate groundbreaking of $2.3B Green Line extension” (WHDH TV 7NEWS)

“MBTA Green Line Extension Project Officially Underway in Somerville” (NECN)

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Green Line groundbreaking!

Today in Union Square a crowd gathered for an official groundbreaking for the Green Line Extension project! (Yes, there have been ceremonies like this before, but as a few speakers joked today, this time it will stick.) Keep reading for more photos from the event.

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Green Line bridge closures and other construction updates

At the May 1 meeting of the GLX Community Working Group, the project team presented an update that included the following news:

  • The overall design is approximately 15% complete.
  • They shared new viaduct drawings near Lechmere and also Community Path renderings in the same area.
  • Tree clearing will continue through the summer as construction begins in earnest.
  • The Broadway Bridge in Ball Square will be closed Fall 2018 to Fall 2019.
  • Washington St will be closed at the railroad bridge (between Joy and Tufts Streets) for about 11 months in 2019 and another 4-5 months in 2020. Washington St will be closed to all traffic including bikes and pedestrians.

View the slides.

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Green Line update from March public meeting

In case you haven’t already seen it, check out the slides from the March 28 meeting at Somerville High School. Lots of important details on the construction plan. And a few renderings of future Gilman station.

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Construction update from the Green Line team

START OF WORK: APRIL 2018

General Information
After years of community advocacy and planning, the GLX was given an official “Notice to Proceed” in December 2017, and work is already underway with completion expected by late 2021, which is a contractual obligation by the GLX contractors. The GLX contract team is currently mobilizing at each of the six station areas, and you will begin to see work happening in April around each of these station areas (Union Square, Washington Street, Gilman Square, Lowell Street, Ball Square, and College Ave. in Medford). Preliminary work throughout the month of April will include tree removal, digging test pits, and pest control. More significant construction is expected to begin in summer 2018. Note: you may start to see some larger equipment along the rail corridor beginning in the spring; however, this does not mean that excavation or major construction is beginning at that time. Arrival of equipment is part of the pre-construction preparation.

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